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In the News
WBUR: Nigerian Play ‘Hear Word!’ Asks Bold Questions In International Debut At Harvard (April 14, 2016)
There are so many forces at work in this awful story: political, social, religious, certainly misogyny. But Nigerian playwright Ifeoma Fafunwa says that if the world is to make an honest reckoning of how and why women are oppressed, women must ask themselves, “What’s my responsibility? What did I do to create this world?”
We’re Gonna Die is a unique collaboration for Janice and the live band soundtracking the show—Ethan Selby, Shahjehan Khan, Steve Sarro and Thom Dunn. They come from different backgrounds (music, theatre, stand-up comedy) but have had shared experiences trying to make it work from gig to gig in creative fields.
Director Shawn LaCount says Janice’s fearlessness made her the perfect choice for “We’re Gonna Die,” playwright Young Jean Lee’s combination of funny and frightening stories of family, death, failure, and loneliness, framed within an upbeat, rock concert setting.
The play blends storytelling, stand-up comedy, music and theater as it tackles the one thing that every human must face: death.
MetroWest Daily News: Power struggle: 'Hear Word!' tells stories of African women, inequality and transformation (April 13, 2016)
The struggle for women’s rights takes a much different form in Nigeria.
The show features 10 of Nigeria's top actresses performing monologues and songs that address the trials the country’s women endure.
Producer, director, performer, writer, architect. Over the past two decades, Ifeoma Fafunwa has worn many hats searching for the ideal vehicle with which to marry her art with her deep concerns for the world.
Writer and activist Eve Ensler, who is best known for her play “The Vagina Monologues,” went to the Congo to help women victims of violence, and while there learned she had uterine cancer. She recounts her experience in her book “In the Body of the World: A Memoir of Cancer and Connection.”
A long view of history informs the Abbey’s latest production of The Plough and the Stars, dutifully staged during the centenary of the Rising, which tries to fathom the place of 1916 in today’s nation by bringing Sean O’Casey’s characters blinking into the light of the present.
Musician, lyricist and entrepreneur Sage Francis draws from his experiences in everyday life to create snapshots through both song and storytelling.