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Ancient, Indigenous, and Modern Plays from Africa and the Diaspora

February 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Simon Gikandi, R.N. Sandberg & Stacy Wolf discuss

The power of theatrical performance is universal, but the style and concerns of theatre are specific to individual cultures. Join us as we celebrate and discuss a new volume in the Global Theatre Perspectives series, which presents a reconstructed ancient performance text, four one-act indigenous African plays and five modern dramas from various regions of Africa and the Caribbean Diaspora.

Because these plays span centuries and are the work of artists from diverse cultures, readers can see elements that occur across time and space. Physicalized ritual, direct interaction with spectators, improvisation, music, drumming, and metaphorical animal characters help create the theatrical forms in multiple plays. Recurring themes include the establishment or challenging of political authority, the oppression or corruption of government, societal expectations based on gender, the complex and transformational nature of identity, and the power of dreams.

Among the creators of the pieces are two Nobel Laureates, those who have been exiled or jailed for the political nature of their work, and the author of his country’s first constitution. The global perspectives approach, letting works from ancient, indigenous, and modern times resonate with each other, encourages thinking across boundaries and connective human understanding.


February 29
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Labyrinth Books
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Princeton, NJ 08540 United States
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