HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True
Out of the A.R.T.
April 15 - 17, 2016

Directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa
Starring Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola,

Omonor, Elvina Ibru, Ufuoma McDermott, Zara Udofia-Ejoh,
Odenike, Rita Edward, and Debbie Ohiri

HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True
, the critically acclaimed Nigerian production making its U.S. premiere in Cambridge, is a powerful piece of performance art that combines artistry, social commentary, and true-life stories of inequality and transformation, delivered by a cast of ten women from Nigeria including Nollywood's own Joke Silva, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett and Bimbo Akintola. The stories are based on real issues affecting the lives of women across Nigeria and examine what factors limit their potential for independence, leadership, and meaningful contribution. HEAR WORD! bravely examines the cultural and societal norms that oppress and limit African women and empowers women to break the culture of silence, unite, challenge the status quo, move beyond barriers and create solutions.

The production is presented by the Harvard Center for African Studies in association with American Repertory Theater; Harvard University Committee on the Arts; the Division of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Harvard Dance Center; Hutchins Center for African & African American Research; Harvard Law School; Mahindra Humanities Center; Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; and the Theater, Dance & Media Concentration at Harvard University.
 

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Creative team
Director Ifeoma Fafunwa
Finisher - Set Design

Benny Akinyemi

Costume Design

Ituen Basi

Lighting Design

Matthew Yusuf

Movement Coach

Qudus Onikeku

Percussion Blessing Idireri Akpofure, Emeka Christian Anokwru
Cast
Ensemble Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola, Omonor, Elvina Ibru, Zara Udofia-Ejoh, Ufuoma McDermott, Rita Edward, Odenike, Deborah Ohiri

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

The struggle for women’s rights takes a much different form in Nigeria. More

The show features 10 of Nigeria's top actresses performing monologues and songs that address the trials the country’s women endure. 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

The critically acclaimed Nigerian production of HEAR WORD! Naija Women Talk True directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa will make its U.S. premiere April 15–17 at the Harvard Dance Center.

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Ticket prices

Tickets from $25. Student tickets: $15 in person, by phone, or rush. A.R.T. Subscribers, Members, and Student Members: Log into your account.

Run time

85 minutes, no intermission

Venue

60 Garden Street
(Corner of Garden Street and Linnaean Street)
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Need to know

A.R.T. Subscribers and Members: Log into your account before selecting your tickets.

Age Appropriateness

Ages 14 and up. The show contains adult themes including sexual content and violence.

DISCUSSIONS

 

The A.R.T. of Human Rights presents a free public discussion with director Ifeoma Fafunwa on Monday, April 11. For more information, click here

 

A post-performance discussion with the ensemble will follow the matinee on April 16. 

 

A panel discussion featuring Sue Cook, Ifeoma Fafunwa, Biodun Jeyifo, Hauwa Ibrahim, and Pamela Nwaoko will follow the matinee on April 17. For more information, click here

Performance sponsors:

Features adaptations of monologues made available by the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND)