Written by Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko
Directed by Lisa Evans
May 6 – June 2, 2018
Live Oak Theater, Berkeley

1992. A rural village outside Nairobi, Kenya. Awino navigates hir transition against the constructs of tradition and tribe.When famine strikes, Awino’s “choices” are blamed. To regain equilibrium – Awino must be “circumcised” so as to act like a “real woman.” Will Awino sacrifice hir truth for hir community? Or will the village itself change?

“Waafrika, 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.”

-Dr. Dagmar Schultz, producer and director of Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 -1992.

Written by Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko
Directed by Lisa Evans


Troy Rockett / Awino
Anastasia Barron / Bobby
Dameion Brown / Chief
Awele / Mama Mugabe
Jeunée Simon / Mama Otieno
Jasmine Williams / Mama Opio


Kristoffer Barrera / Sound Designer & Composer
Regina Evans / Costume Designer
Stephanie Anne Johnson / Lighting Designer
Celeste Martore / Co- Scenic and Properties Designer
Randy Wong – Westbrooke / Co- Scenic and Properties Designer


Tierra Allen / Assistant Director, Choreographer
JahniahOmi Bahari / Assistant Costume Designer
Kristoffer Barrera / Stage Manager
Edris Cooper / Dialect Coach
Vanessa Rochelle Lewis / Intimacy Facilitator
Ayumi Namba / Assistant Stage Manager
Elena Wright / Fight Director

The run time is 2 hrs, 15 minutes including one intermission