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Final Weekend: A Ditch In Madagali


As Fehinty African Theatre Ensemble’s Playwright in Residence, I am so honored to have gotten the opportunity to write A Ditch In Madagali. The play follows the lives of two women trying to survive the attacks of a terrorist group in their northern Nigerian village. It is a harrowing story of grief, resistance, and a mother’s unwavering love and commitment to her daughter’s wellbeing.

As we wrap up our final weekend of the show, I am reminded of the women and girls that are still living in terror around the world. My hope is that you will see this play as a call to action, an opportunity to ask questions, raise awareness, and hold those in power accountable. Below is an excerpt from an interview I gave about the play. I hope you will join us this weekend for the last weekend of A Ditch In Madagali. To purchase tickets please visit www.fehintytheatre.org.

What inspired you to write this play?

A Ditch in Madagali was commissioned by Fehinty African Theatre Ensemble (FATE). It started with a conversation I had with Dr. Adesida, she called me out of the blue to tell me she was listening to the radio and heard one of the most inspiring stories she had ever heard about the depths a mother would go through to protect her daughter. Being that I had written Wrecked as my first feature play with FATE and it spoke to the struggles and determination of Sudan’s Lost Girls and Boys, she felt that I would be able to write this play. After listening to the interview of Zainabeu Hamayaji, I understood immediately why this story had to be told. So often we hear about terror from a global perspective and we remove ourselves from it because of the distance, but we can all relate to a mother’s love for her child. I was inspired by the mothers in my life, especially my mother, and their commitment to caring for their kids. I saw Mama Fatima as a representation of the love so many women give in a world that can be so cruel to these women. I also was inspired to bring life to these women, to see them as more than just victims, and share the journey so many of these women face when their villages are attacked by Boko Haram in Nigeria.

To read the full interview please click here.

FATE Presents World Premiere of WRECKED By Philister Sidigu


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Flyer.jpgCHICAGO, 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

Tickets $20

Contact information: Teju Adesida