In The Blood

 
 
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In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks, directed by Elizabeth Zaza Muchemwa was staged at Zimbabwe German Society on the 21st of February 2015. The stage reading featured a mixed pool of experienced and new actors.

THE PLOT

Riffing on themes Nathaniel Hawthorne explored in The Scarlet Letter, Suzan Lori- Parks’ In the Blood follows the efforts of a modern-day Hester – a homeless mother of five living under a bridge in a tough city-as she struggles to keep her children clothed and fed in a derisive society that scorns them and whose systems of support come with a cost.

CAST & CREW

Hester, La Negrita | Privillage Mutendera
Jabber/Chilli | Musa Nicholas Saruro
Bully/The Welfare Lady | Thandiwe Nyamasvisva
Trouble/Doctor | Brighton Ndlovu
Beauty/Amiga Gringa | Patience G. Tawengwa
Baby/Reverend D. | Francis Nyakuhwa

Director Mentor | Julia Wharton
Stage Manager | Prudence Kalipinde
Accounts | Kuda Kanembirira
Production Assistant | Simba Kanembirira
Intern/Publicity | Tawanda Mupatsi

RECEPTION

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A NOTE FROM DIRECTOR ELIZABETH ZAZA MUCHEMWA

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A Feeding Frenzy

It started last year with me, a stage reading mentee director participating in the staged reading of Necessary Targets as an actor. The Mentor Director, Julia Wharton wanted us, would be stage reading directors, to experience the process as actors/directors in training. I got to understand better the vulnerability that actor experiences and the trust that is needed to be built between an actor and a director. In the meetings with Julie, directors reflected what their perceived strengths and weaknesses were. I remember saying my weakness being that of impatience with actors in the rehearsals, sometimes. My resolve then was to learn from this experience the art of directing a stage reading and also how to do away with this weakness of being impatient. From the stage reading of Necessary Targets to observing the rehearsals of Fabulation directed by mentee director Patience G. Tawengwa I squirreled away information, learning as much as I could of the skills set to use later on in my stage reading debut. I knew that I needed as much as I could in order to prepare. I had been given the tools to use and had the wonderful support of the Mentor Director and my fellow stage reading director mentees. CONTINUE READING

 

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