HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True
A.R.T. Season
January 26 - February 11, 2018
"Scintillating and evocative."
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Daily Trust
"A powerful feminist vision."
Harvard University Professor Biodun Jeyifo

Directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa

Featuring a cast of leading Nigerian actresses (Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola, Ufuoma McDermott, Elvina Ibru, Omonor, Zara Udofia-Ejoh, Rita Edward, Debbie Ohiri, and Odenike, as well as drummers Emeka Christian Anokwuru, Frank Ebisidor Asiyai, and Blessing Akpofure Idireri), HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True is inspired by multi-generational stories of inequality and transformation. Staged by director and writer Ifeoma Fafunwa, the show grapples with the issues affecting the lives of women across Nigeria, and the factors that limit their potential for independence, leadership, and meaningful contribution in society. Combining song and dance with intimate portraits of resilience and resistance, the show celebrates the women who have broken the culture of silence, challenged the status quo, and moved beyond barriers to achieve solutions. The critically-acclaimed production of HEAR WORD! returns to the A.R.T. after its US premiere in a limited run last season. 

Creative team
Director Ifeoma Fafunwa
Costume Design Ituen Basi
Lighting Design Aja M. Jackson
Sound Design Drew Levy
Projection Design Johnathan Carr
Production Stage Manager Taylor Brennan
Cast
Ensemble Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola, Omonor, Elvina Ibru, Ufuoma McDermott, Zara Udofia-Ejoh, Rita Edward, Odenike, Deborah Ohiri
Band
Percussion Blessing Idireri A.K.A Kacomari, Emeka Anokwuru A.K.A. Make Beat, Ebisidor Asiyai
Additional staff
Assistant Stage Manager Kathryn Hausler
Assistant Lighting Designer

Zach Molin

Assistant Sound Designer

Brendan F Doyle

Movement

Zara Udofia-Ejoh, Qudus Onikeku, Ifeoma Fafunwa, Justin Ezerim

Video Programmer Jeremy Goldenberg
A.R.T. Institute Production Dramaturg

Rebecca Curran

Production Assistants

Susan Udo, Julius Wade (Harvard University Arts and Museum Fellow, supported by the Harvard University Office of Career Services)

“The first half of the show describes the atrocities,” says Fafunwa. “The last part asks the question: Hey, women, what are you going to do about it?” More

In addition to speaking against gender inequality, Fafunwa hopes the show will dispel negative stereotypes about Africa. She hopes that the universality of the stories will illustrate that Nigeria is dealing with the same issues as the rest of the world. More

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?” More

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. More

Press Releases

Written and directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa and featuring a cast of leading actresses from the Nigerian stage and screen, the production will begin performances on Friday, January 26, and continue through Sunday, February 11, 2018 at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, in Cambridge.
American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Executive Producer Diane Borger, announces dates of accessible programming in the 2017/18 Season. American Sign Language (ASL)-interpreted, open-captioned, audio-described, and sensory-friendly performances will be offered.
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University is pleased to announce its 2017/18 Season including Burn All Night, WARHOLCAPOTE, Sense and Sensibility, HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True, The White Card, and Jagged Little Pill.

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Ticket prices

Tickets from $25. Save when you book 10+ tickets.

Run time

110 minutes with no intermission.

Venue

64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Age Appropriateness

Recommended for grades 9+

Audio Described

Feb. 9 at 7:30PM & Feb. 11 at 2PM

Open Captioned Logo Open Captioned

Feb. 8 at 7:30PM & Feb. 11 at 2PM


Purchase your tickets for our OC or AD performances via phone at 617.547.8300, in person, or by email at ticketservices@amrep.org.

Access

Accessibilty
Assistive Listening Devices
Large Print Programs

Act II conversations will follow a number of performances. In addition to the dates listed below, the full schedule of discussions will be announced in January 2018.

 

February 1, 7:30PM: Conversation with Ifeoma Fafunwa, Director of Hear Word!Jacob K. Olupona, Professor of African Religious Traditions, Harvard Divinity School; and Susan Cook, Executive Director, Cambridge Office, Harvard University Center for African Studies. 

 

February 3, 2PM: Conversation with Joke Silva (Ensemble, Hear Word!)

 

February 8, 7:30PM: Conversation with Caroline Elkins, Professor of History and African and African American Studies at Harvard University and Ifeoma Fafunwa, Director of Hear Word!

 

February 9, 7:30PM: Conversation with Ifeoma Fafunwa, Director of Hear Word!, and Timothy Patrick McCarthy, Director of Culture Change & Social Justice Initiatives at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

 

February 10, 2PM: Conversation with Daniel Jordan Smith, Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence; Professor and Chair of Anthropology, Brown University