Racey Plays Reading Series: Mourning Sun

Posted by Project Y - March 30, 2011

About the play:
When Biftu, a bright and upbeat girl from the Bahr Dar region of Ethiopia, turns fourteen she suddenly becomes the focus of her mother’s ambition. Caught in a tug of war between cultural traditions and her own desires, Biftu dreams about the world beyond village life. “Mourning Sun” unearths the everyday violence lurking under the name “tradition” in Africa.

About the playwright:
Antu Yacob was born in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia and raised from the steep hills of San Francisco to the translucent lakes of Minnesota. She received her MFA in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She was last seen on stage as Velma in The Theater Project’s production of Crowns. Regional theatre credits include Primary Stages national tour of In the Continuum , Pillsbury House Theatre’s The House that Crack Built, A Jew on Ethiopia Street at Mixed Blood Theatre, Pangae World Theatre’s No Longer At Ease and The Gilded Six-Bits with Word-for-Word Theater Company. Film & television credits include Law & Order:SVU and Inspiration. She is founder of Shaggae’s Song Peforming Arts Collective, an nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and producing new works about international women’s issues as well as providing performing arts training to students grades 4-12.

Currently she teaches a song as monologue acting course to high school students at Somerset County Vocational & Technical School in New Jersey. Although writing poetry & short stories have long been a passion of hers, Mourning Sun is Antu’s first script.

Join us for a staged reading of this play on Monday, April 18th at 7:30pm in the Bruce Mitchell Room at ART/NY, 520 8th Avenue, 3rd Floor.

We’re looking forward to sharing this new work with you…

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