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“Blood” is a contemporary impression of Lorraine Hansberry’s “Les Blancs” by ADONG Lucy Judith, developed as part of 48 Hours in Harlem (2014) by the OBIE Award Winning Harlem9 in collaboration with the National Black Theatre, New York

A white American Journalist is forced to confront his own part in America’s racism when he comes down to an African City to cover the story of the murder of a young African gay boy. 

48 Hours in Harlem challenges 6 black Playwrights, 6 black Directors and 18 black Actors to take feature length plays by classical black Playwrights, adapt them into 10 minutes plays, produce and stage them to a paying audience, all in 48 Hours.

Ga-AD! was selected as part of the inaugural National Black Theatre's monthly Public Play Reading Series, “Keep Soul Alive”  under the new leadership of Jonathan McCrory as the Artistic Director of the theatre.

“Ga-AD!” is a bold and bawdy take on Pentecostal evangelism and the so-called prosperity gospel and the place of women in this prosperity.

The play created a lot of social media buzz and was very well attended by Ugandans in New York, invoking nostalgic feelings of home, Kampala, and all its familiar sounds.

Just Me, You and THE SILENCE received a special producer and potential partners invite only reading at the Signature Theatre.

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill looms and a family's life is changed forever in this satirical comedy that explores events that unfolded around the 2009 Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

The reading featured prominent actors including Oscar Award Winning Kenyan Actress, Lupita Nyong’o, who played the role of the bisexual Ugandan LGBTI Rights Activist, Victoria.

In November 2012, the Martin Segal theatre Invited the showcase of plays from the New Black Fest 2012 and Silent Voices was one of these plays. 

Silent Voices is a powerful poignant war crimes story that mirrors the views and emotions of actual victims of the Northern Uganda war.

The project was directed by Kamilah Forbes, co-founder of the urban arts organization, Hi-ARTS and longtime director and producer and currently the Executive Producer of Apollo Theatre.

After its powerful World Premiere in Uganda 2012 to raving reviews, Silent Voices was invited to feature as part of the New Black Fest Public Play Readings 2012.

Silent Voices is a powerful poignant war crimes story that mirrors the views and emotions of actual victims of the Northern Uganda war.

The public reading was directed by New York based British-American director, Dennis Hilton-Reid, who directed the play’s World Premiere at the National Theatre of Uganda. The reading featured prominent actors among which included Angela Robinson from Tyler Perry's "The Haves and Have Nots" (2013).

The reading was followed by a talk-back session on the topic, “Exploring the conflict in Northern Uganda, the experiences of child soldiers and the use of rape as a weapon of war” moderated by Actress, Activist and Co-Founder of Fuel Change USA, Bridgit Antoinette Evans. The panelists included the playwright, ADONG Lucy Judith, Jimmie Briggs, author of Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go to War and Founder of Man Up Campaign and Hariettte Williams-Bright, Advocacy Adviser and UN Liaison, Femmes Africa Solidarite. 

Silent Voices was co-incidentally selected by Hybrid Theatre Works, a New York based theatre producing body to showcase as part of their 2012 Spotlight Series on East Africa right at the time when the play’s World Premiere was running at the National Theatre of Uganda.

Silent Voices is a powerful poignant war crimes story that mirrors the views and emotions of actual victims of the Northern Uganda war.

The public reading that was non-traditionally cast created a lot of discussion both around the issues tackled by the play and nontraditional casting as a practice.

The event showcased three other East African plays “UnEntitled” by BBC African Performance Winner, Deborah Asiimwe; “Are We There Yet?” by Ogutu Muraya; and “Kawuna…You are It” by Kemiyondo Coutinho.

After its initial Play Development Lab at Manda Island, Kenya Summer of 2010, Sundance Institute Theatre Program and 651 Arts came together and invited some projects and artists from the Lab to New York in April of 2011 in a support venture to expose them and their works to New York theatre scene and audiences.

 

Silent Voices and its playwright ADONG Lucy Judith was one of the teams invited and the play received a public reading at WNYC Public Radio in New York, performed by Uganda actors Patrick Senjovu and Deborah Asiimwe.

Silent Voices is a powerful poignant war crimes story that mirrors the views and emotions of actual victims of the Northern Uganda war

The reading was followed by an interview of the playwright by OBIE Award Winning and Broadway actress, Eisa Davis.

After its First Development Lab, Just Me, You and THE SILENCE received its first public reading at the New Black Fest, where it was selected among other powerful plays by black playwrights.

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill looms and a family's life is changed forever in this satirical comedy that explores events that unfolded around the 2009 Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

The reading that was held at the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center was led by OBIE Award Winner, Russell G. Jones and Broadway actors Rebecca Naomi Jones and Brandon V. Dixon among others.

The reading was followed by a talk-back session on the topic, “Gay Rights Struggles in Africa”, moderated by Actress Activist, Bridgit Antoinette Evans, co-founder of Fuel Change, a USA art activism organization and featured playwright ADONG Lucy Judith, UN Advisor on HIV/AIDS and Sexuality, Dr. CheikhTraore and Yvonne Fly OnakemeEtaghene, an Ijaw and Urhobo Nigerian dyke performance activist, poet, dancer, educator, actress and mixed-media visual artist.

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BLOOD AT THE NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE 2014

Ga-AD! AT THE NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE 2013

JUST ME, YOU AND THE SILENCE AT THE SIGNATURE THEATRE 2013

SILENT VOICES AT THE MARTIN SEGAL THEATRE 2012

SILENT VOICES AT MALCOLM X AND DR. BETTY SHABAZZ CENTER  2012

SILENT VOICES AT LA MAMA THEATRE 2012

SILENT VOICES AT WNYC 2011

JUST ME , YOU AND THE SILENCE AT MALCOLM X AND DR. BETTY SHABAZZ CENTER 2011