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Conversation with Adam Immerwahr

Posted by on Jan 12, 2014 in Blog, January 2014 | 0 comments

Conversation with Adam Immerwahr

I’ll never forget the first performance of THE CONVERT in Zimbabwe. I had seen American audiences respond to this play in Princeton, Chicago, LA, and Philadelphia. I have probably seen somewhere around 40 performances of the play, and my one night with a Zimbabwean audience was revelatory. Listening to what the Harare audience listened to, responded to, and discovered was thrilling. Scenes that in America function as exposition (where a US audience is learning about Zimbabwean history and the politics of turn of the century Zimbabwe) were transformed into character development in Zimbabwe (where the audience, knowing the history, learned something about the characters from the perspectives that they shared). It was an incredible experience to feel the play take on whole new meaning and resonance, and to watch with such pride as this extraordinary company of Zimbabwean artists brought Danai Gurira’s story to life.

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Cultural Connection & Artistic Breakthrough

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Blog, January 2014 | 0 comments

Cultural Connection & Artistic Breakthrough

Last year marked a year of vision turned possibility, turned reality. When we started this journey we foresaw true opportunity being afforded to the Zimbabwean artist. We foresaw their talents receiving tangible rewards, we foresaw an awakening in Zimbabwe’s dramatic arts, where greatness would be realized, excellence would be achieved and legacies would be born. We foresaw cultural interaction between Africans and Americans where walls of division would be demolished and rich, revolutionary art would result. We foresaw a new realm in the arts.

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