I had the fantastic honor of having my play the Stories of Us (an excerpt) in this year's Now Africa: Playwrights Festival, Oct 22, 2016. This year's theme was Africa and Her Children: Bridging the Continental Divide! They choose a light hilarious but rich scene that I like to refer to as the "Tinder Scene" where an Afro-Puerto Rican meets a Black American woman in person. That fit the theme perfectly.
It was an incredible opportunity to be featured among Nsangou Njikam (my favorite playwright), Stacey Ann Chin (I read her work in college) and Tarell Alvin Mccraney's work. And to have my work featured in New York City!
It was also a beautiful opportunity to meet Mfoniso Udofia, an incredible playwright and artistic director of the festival, who invited me to be a part of this. From the moment I talked to her, she welcomed me into the festival with open arms. The artists is a powerhouse in her own writing, having productions, readings and fellowships to her credit. But it's her immense passion for African and African diasporic work that makes her the real MVP.
Seeing my work in that space was motivation to keep going and to keep writing. Thank you to everyone at Now Africa for bringing this work centerstage. Big shout out to the fierce ladies Ngozi Anyanwu, ChiChi Anyanwu, Erin Cherry and Mfoniso Udofia! You all are doing the most important work, uniting Africa's children. Thank you.
For more information check out Now Africa Fest!