My Children! My Africa!
Dates of run: May 8 – May 26, 2013
Directed by: Adriana Baer
Featuring: Bobby Bermea*, Gilbert Feliciano and Chelsie Kinney
It’s 1985, the height of the student uprising against the government’s oppressive apartheid system. Passionate teacher Mr. M inspires an unlikely pairing for an English competition: brilliant black student activist Thami and privileged, down to earth white Isabel from a neighboring school. Loyalty and friendship are put to the test when external forces prove stronger than the walls of the Karoo classroom and the students loudly cry: Is this education power or is it oppression?
Design and Production: Kristeen Willis Crosser, Sara Ludeman, Olivia Murphy, Sharath Patel, Melissa Schlachtmeyer, Amanda Soden and Brent Sullivan
- 5/12: “Mat Chat” Talkback with Production Team
- 5/25: Talkback after the 2pm matinee with Alan Wieder, author of Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War Against Apartheid and Norm Diamond, who has trained teachers in a Master of Teaching Arts program and developed social justice curricula (The Power In Our Hands and Scarves of Many Colors, both co-authored) used in Oregon high schools and throughout the country
- Sign interpreted performance May 23
My Children! My Africa! was the production for our inaugural Inside Out: Community and School Tour.