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The Convert for the First Time In Zimbabwe

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in April 2013, Blog | 0 comments

The Convert for the First Time In Zimbabwe

My stay in Zim can be described as nothing short of fast and furious. I arrived rearing to get some important ALMASI logistics ironed out, while also directing The Convert, where it would be read for the first time ever on Zimbabwean soil. We had a very thorough audition process, with Patience and our Associate Artist Julie Wharton sieving through actors, picking whom they felt were the best two candidates for each role for me to make the final decision upon my arrival. It was very important to me that these roles were filled by the best candidates, even if it was just a staged reading. The Convert was to represent quite a feat, we were attempting to instill the staged reading concept into the Zimbabwean Dramatic arts culture, if this three hour monster was well received, if people stayed in the room the entire time, were engaged and gave valuable feedback, then we were in business, our mission would be accomplished, Staged readings would be officially a part of Zim’s dramatic arts identity. We had already had two successful readings, one the day after I arrived, Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cellphone directed by Julie. I was floored by how well it went, how connected the audience was to this very American exploration of identity and need. The audience mentioned several parallels they found in Zimbabwean life and did not feel a word of it needed changing for the forthcoming production at Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) next month.

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Bridging Cultures

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in April 2013, Blog | 0 comments

Bridging Cultures

It’s not every day you meet a sword-wielding zombie killer. Lucky for us, one of America’s most well-known zombie killers came to Harare in March. Zimbabwean students, theater aficionados, members of the U.S. Mission community, and local American citizens had the chance to meet and talk with Ms. Danai Gurira, the actor who plays “Michonne,” one of the main characters in the comic-book-turned-hit-television series The Walking Dead.

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