TheatreFIRST’s WAAFRIKA 123

Troy Rockett as Awino in WAAFRIKA 123. Photo credit: Cheshire Isaacs
Troy Rockett as Awino in WAAFRIKA 123. Photo credit: Cheshire Isaacs
Troy Rockett as Awino in WAAFRIKA 123. Photo credit: Cheshire Isaacs
Troy Rockett as Awino in WAAFRIKA 123. Photo credit: Cheshire Isaacs
NICK HADIKWA MWALUKO
Playwright / NICK HADIKWA MWALUKO
Director Lisa Evans
Director Lisa Evans

WAAFRIKA 123

by Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko 

Trans, queer, NB, African, poet-playwright-fiction-essayist NICK HADIKWA MWALUKO: Plays include: 37, S.T.A.R: Marsha P. Johnson; two queer African trilogies Waafrika and Waafrika 123; the QTPOC trans masculine S/He:THEY/THEM; the queer apocalypse Homeless in the AfterLife; Blueprint for an African LesbianSH/eroe; Asymmetrical We; Brotherly Love; Trailer Park Tundra; Once A Man Always A Man; Mama Afrika; Queering MacBeth; Life Is About the Kill; That Day God Visits You; Ata; To Dyke Trans; Gayze and many more. Residencies include Resilience and Development (R&D) Writers’ Lab with Crowded Fire Theater Company in San Francisco; New York City’s EWG (Emerging Writers’ Group) at the Public Theater sponsored by Time Warner; New York City’s Groundbreakers Group, Djerassi Artist Residencyin northern California, Freedom Train Productions, Ragged Wing Ensemble and more. Nick is a two-time recipient of the Creativity Fundissued by the Public Theater and Time Warner, and a 2017 Spring grantee of a Theatre Bay Area (TBAIndividual Artist Cash grant. Nick graduated Magna Cum Laude at Columbia University and completed an MFA at Columbia University as a Point Scholar, the nation’s largest LGBTQIA scholarship fund, and Columbia University Fellowship.

Directed by Lisa Evans

Lisa Evans is a black non-binary actor, poet, and cultural worker and a lover of bad horror movies and good comics.

They have worked with several different Bay Area youth development and arts organizations including Youth Uprising, the QT Network of Alameda County, Peacock Rebellion, Destiny Arts Center, The California Shakespeare Theater and more.

They can be seen in award winning filmmaker Cheryl Dunye’s short film Black Is Blue. Lisa was also a 2016 YBCA Fellow and is the co-founder of both the How Spirit Moves Us Project, a healing arts project focused on using performance art to celebrate the struggles, resistance and resilience of Black Queer and Trans folks, and the #BreakingtheBinary Project, a initiative that works with theater arts organizations across the United States to create sustainable practices for TGNCNB2-S (trans, gender non-conforming, non-binary, Two Spirit) inclusion.

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TheatreFIRST presents

WAAFRIKA 123

 

Berkeley, CA, March 21, 2018  — TheatreFIRST concludes its 2017-18 season with the world premiere of WAAFRIKA 123 by Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko, directed by Lisa Evans. WAAFRIKA 123 explores the expansiveness of gender, complexity of sexuality, pervasiveness of colonialism, and the impact of traditional rituals in a fictional rural village located some 250 kilometers northwest of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. There, trans boi Awino, the first born to the village Chief who reads Awino as his “daughter” now falling in love with Bobby, an American queer-lesbian formerly with the Peace Corps. Living on the outskirts, the interracial queer couple is blamed for the current famine. Clinging to traditional rituals of sacrifice, the community insists that circumcising gender non-conforming Awino is the only cure. At a time when Awino is looking to collapse if not rescript every conceivable boundary, is looking to live openly with Bobby as queer lovers, is looking to reinsert queerness to ritual and tradition thereby awakening the Ancestors, will Awino be consumed by a false sense of safety and security through age-old familiarity, or is there such a place as Queer Africa where the fullest Self comes alive?

Dr. Dagmar Schultz, producer and director of Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 -1992, called WAAFRIKA 123,  “skillfully crafted and chillingly paced, may be the first play addressing FGM together with issues related to transgender and lesbian love. It amplifies our understanding and opens our hearts.”

TheatreFIRST is excited to partner with multi-faceted Mwaluko and director, Lisa Evans with a cast that includes Troy Rockett, Dameion Brown, Jeunée Simon, and Awele Makeba.

WAAFRIKA 123 runs May 3rd – June 2, 2018. Opening Night is May 6th at 7:00pm. Tickets are $15-$35 and available at www.theatrefirst.com

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TheatreFIRST seeks to revolutionize the intersection of audience, artist and activism. Now an all in-house development company, our staff, board, and creative teams are built to explore how best to lift and amplify marginalized stories. Making theatre a place where social justice happens means breaking down perceived barriers so that we might all explore an equitable world.

TheatreFIRST presents

WAAFRIKA 123
by Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko
Directed by Lisa Evans

Live Oak Theater
1301 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley CA 94709

Previews: Thurs May 3rd & Sat May 5th 8pm
Opening/Press Night: Sun May 6th 7pm
Closing: Sat June 2nd 8pm
Runs Thurs thru Sat, 8pm and Sun 2pm

Tickets:

Previews: $15
Opening Night: $35 general, $30 student/senior
Run: $25 general, $20 student/senior

Tickets and further info available through website: www.theatrefirst.com and at the door.

Please contact boxoffice@theatrefirst.com for all accessibility needs.

Press Inquiries, including opening night tickets, script request, interviews with creative team and any other questions, please contact: Christina Chan: christinachan@theatrefirst.com

 

Live Oak Theater 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley CA 94709

Tickets at theatrefirst.com/tickets

TheatreFIRST presents

WAAFRIKA 123

Berkeley, CA, March 21, 2018 — TheatreFIRST concludes its 2017-18 season with the world premiere of WAAFRIKA 123 by Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko, directed by Lisa Evans. WAAFRIKA 123 explores the expansiveness of gender, complexity of sexuality, pervasiveness of colonialism, and the impact of traditional rituals in a fictional rural village located some 250 kilometers northwest of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. There, trans boi Awino, the first born to the village Chief who reads Awino as his “daughter” now falling in love with Bobby, an American queer-lesbian formerly with the Peace Corps. Living on the outskirts, the interracial queer couple is blamed for the current famine. Clinging to traditional rituals of sacrifice, the community insists that circumcising gender non-conforming Awino is the only cure. At a time when Awino is looking to collapse if not rescript every conceivable boundary, is looking to live openly with Bobby as queer lovers, is looking to reinsert queerness to ritual and tradition thereby awakening the Ancestors, will Awino be consumed by a false sense of safety and security through age-old familiarity, or is there such a place as Queer Africa where the fullest Self comes alive?

Dr. Dagmar Schultz, producer and director of Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 -1992, called WAAFRIKA 123, “skillfully crafted and chillingly paced, may be the first play addressing FGM together with issues related to transgender and lesbian love. It amplifies our understanding and opens our hearts.”

TheatreFIRST is excited to partner with multi-faceted Mwaluko and director, Lisa Evans with a cast that includes Troy Rockett, Dameion Brown, Jeunee Simon, and Awele Makeba.

WAAFRIKA 123 runs May 3rd – June 2, 2018. Opening Night is May 6th at 7:00pm. Tickets are $15-$35 and available at www.theatrefirst.com

TheatreFIRST presents

WAAFRIKA 123
by Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko
Directed by Lisa Evans

Live Oak Theater
1301 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley CA 94709

Previews: Thurs May 3rd & Sat May 5th 8pm
Opening/Press Night: Sun May 6th 7pm
Closing: Sat June 2nd 8pm
Runs Thurs thru Sat, 8pm and Sun 2pm

Tickets:

Previews: $15
Opening Night: $35 general, $30 student/senior
Run: $25 general, $20 student/senior

Tickets and further info available through website: www.theatrefirst.com and at the door.

Please contact boxoffice@theatrefirst.com for all accessibility needs.

Press Inquiries, including opening night tickets, script request, interviews with creative team and any other questions, please contact: Christina Chan: christinachan@theatrefirst.com

Live Oak Theater 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley CA 94709

Tickets at theatrefirst.com/tickets

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