FEHINTY AFRICAN THEATRE ENSEMBLE (FATE) PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF WRECKED BY PHILISTER SIDIGU
CHICAGO, IL— Fehinty African Theatre Ensemble (FATE) is excited to mark its 10th season with the world premiere of WRECKED, written and directed by its 2016-2017 Artist-in-Residence, Philister Sidigu. Ms. Sidigu writes the story of an immigrant seeking a future while haunted by his past. The main character Kuol, having survived the civil war of South Sudan and life in a refugee camp in Kenya, is chasing his American dream in Chicago as he struggles to provide for his family as an Uber driver. Kuol, a man forever a Lost Boy and no stranger to struggle, is barely surviving while tightly holding on to his dreams, memories, and reality. His ability to keep holding on is tested on a serendipitous encounter that threatens to destroy his future.
Placed in present day Chicago, WRECKED grants its audience access to the assimilation process of African immigrants and the challenges they face in America. Questioning and exploring the current political atmosphere, WRECKED touches on themes of race, police brutality, economic mobility, and what it means to be a feminist. WRECKED challenges its audience to ponder, who am I, who are you, and what are we? In this America, is there room for all of us?
FATE is ecstatic to partner with Ms. Sidigu to produce her first feature play in Chicago. A Kenyan American, Philister received her MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University. Alum of Columbia College in Chicago with a BA in Film and Video Production, she began writing early on producing and publishing plays, poems, and films that received recognitions and readings from Goodman Theatre, Regina Taylor’s State(s) of America series, Northwestern University’s African American literary magazine, Community Film Workshop and Kartemquin Films.
FATE seeks to produce creative works from Africa and its diaspora that feature the continent’s range of stories, traditions, customs, and history by holding space for the African community and its friends to gather and engage in cross cultural dialogue. The African theatre ensemble encourages emerging African artists to write, perform, produce, direct, and present their own stories to share with the world. We invite you to join FATE for the world premiere of WRECKED on May 19, 2017.
What: WRECKED Written and Directed by Philister Sidigu Who Fehinty African Theatre Ensemble (FATE)
Opening Night: Friday May 19, 8:00pm performances: May 19—May 28, Friday/Saturday 8:00pm and Sunday 3:00pm
Where: Prop Thtr at 3502 N. Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Contact information: Teju Adesida