Lynn Nottage’s Fabulation or The Re-Education of Undine was published by Dramatists Play Service in 2005, the year after it was originally produced in New York City. Fabulation is a riches to rags social satire about Undine a high-end publicist in modern day Manhattan who must return to her abandoned Brooklyn roots after her ritzy business has been bankrupted by her husband. Fabulation is a comeuppance tale with a comic twist.
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A NOTE FROM DIRECTOR PATIENCE G. TAWENGWA
When I first read “Fabulation or The Re-Education of Undine” I was drawn in by the similarities which exist between Undine’s self discovery journey and the search for identity for many of us contemporary Africans. Most Africans of my generation have parents who were born and raised in the rural areas of colonial Africa, only after independence were black Africans able to freely move from “Africans only” designated townships to the affluent and formerly all white suburbs. My generation became beneficiaries of a lifestyle and opportunities which our parents never had access to. The multi-racial schools we attended had an english language only policy and we were not allowed to speak our own African languages, that rule created within us a belief that english language and culture were superior and synonymous with education and civilization and our own mother tongue and culture inferior and aligned with being backward. There was a shift in values and to the younger generation non-english speaking rural relatives became “uncool” and their presence in certain social settings elicited a sense of shame. | CONTINUE READING