Presented By: Harvard University Committee on the Arts (HUCA) and the Harvard Center for African Studies in association with American Repertory Theater; the Division of Social Sciences, FAS; Harvard Dance Center; Hutchins Center for African & African American Research; Harvard Law School; Mahindra Humanities Center; Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; and the Theater, Dance & Media Concentration at Harvard University.
Tickets: A.R.T. box office
Runs: April 15-17
Part of the HUCA Spring 2016 series.
HEAR WORD! is a powerful piece of performance art that combines artistry, social commentary, and true-life stories of inequality and transformation, delivered by some of Nigeria’s most talented actresses. The stories are based on real issues affecting the lives of women across Nigeria and examine the factors that limit their potential for independence, leadership, and meaningful contribution. HEAR WORD! bravely examines the cultural and societal norms that oppress and limit African women as it invites women to break the cultureof silence, unite, challenge the status quo, and create solutions.
HEAR WORD! is directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa and stars Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Joke Silva, Bimbo Akintola, Omonor, Elvina Ibru, Ufuoma McDermott, Zara Udofia-Ejoh, Odenike, Rita Edward, and Debbie Ohiri. It features some adapted monologues made available by the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND).
The production is presented by the Harvard Center for African Studies in association with the American Repertory Theater, the Division of Social Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Harvard Dance Center, the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard Law School, the Mahindra Humanities Center, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Theater, Dance & Media Concentration at Harvard University, and the Harvard University Committee on the Arts. Already famous in Lagos, the two-week Cambridge engagement of this acclaimed play includes four performances, class visits, pop-ups and panel discussions with the cast, director, and experts from Harvard University.
Performances of HEAR WORD! will take place on Fri, Apr 15th at 7:30 pm; Sat, Apr 16th at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm; and Sun, Apr 17th at 2:00 pm.
The A.R.T. of Human Rights presents a free public discussion with director Ifeoma Fafunwa on Monday, April 11. For more information, click here.
A post-performance discussion with the ensemble will follow the matinee on April 16.
A panel discussion featuring Jacqueline Bhabha, Ifeoma Fafunwa, Biodun Jeyifo, Hauwa Ibrahim, and Pamela Nwaoko will follow the matinee on April 17. For more information, click here.