Theatre in Uganda & Rwanda: Commemoration, Complexity, & Collaboration
An Artist Talk by director Emily Mendelsohn (NYC) & playwright Deborah Asiimwe (Uganda).
Presented by Boom Arts, Lewis & Clark College Theatre Department, & the World Affairs Council of Oregon on the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. Part of Boom Arts’ Theatre of Global Engagement: International Collaboration and Social Change Arts & Lectures Series.
Monday, April 7, 2014, 7:00pm
The Fir Acres Main Stage Theatre
Lewis & Clark College
0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road, Portland,OR 97219
What does long-term artistic collaboration between the US and Africa look like? Hear from US-based director Emily Mendelsohn and her collaborator of seven years, acclaimed Ugandan playwright Deborah Asiimwe as they discuss their five-year, binational creation process for Cooking Oil, a play exploring the grassroots politics of foreign aid, as well as the upcoming work Maria Kizito, being developed in Rwanda by US, Rwandan, and Ugandan artists on the subject of the Rwandan genocide. Discover these artists’ extraordinary work and learn what it takes to connect, listen, and create across cultures.