A contemporary riff on a West African fable brimming with live music and dance, where frenemies jockey for their rank in a culture built on ideals forever out of reach.
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From the producers: In the village of Affreakah-Amirrorkah, no one questions that Akim is the one true, perfect beauty - not even her jealous classmates. But they’ll be damned before they let her be the leading lady in this story. A decidedly contemporary riff on a West African fable, Tori Sampson’s explosive epic is brimming with live music and dance, as these frenemies jockey for their rank in a culture built on ideals forever out of reach.
Author and Boston native Tori Sampson's works include "This Land Was Made" and "and Cadillac Crew." Her awards and honors include the 2016 Relentless Award (Honorable Mention), the 2016 Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting from The Kennedy Center, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award (Second Place), and Finalist for the 2018 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
The cast features Rotimi Agbabiaka, Maechi Aharanwa, Jason Bowen, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, Leland Fowler, Ník? Uche Kadri, Mirirai Sithole, Phumzile Sitole, and Carla R. Stewart. Leah C. Gardiner directs, featuring choreography by Raja Feather Kelly.
What's Playwrights Horizons? PH is a long-running Off-Broadway theatre on West 42nd that develops new plays by both veteran scribes and folks just off the radish truck (admittedly, the radish truck might have made a stop at an MFA playwriting program). The shows are produced in the company's state-of-the-art venues on West 42nd Street, with production standards equal to the best of Off-Broadway....generally, nothing too conceptual or provocative, just interesting plays, well rendered. More here.