MPAACT Theatre (Chicago)
Performed by Antonio Lyons
Directed by Daniel Bryant
This particular production gave me an opportunity to go back in and rewrite some things and re-imagine parts of the journey through the guidance of director, Daniel Bryant.
"I did what my father did (well not everything). He fleeing jamaica for more opportunity a "better life". What my grandmother did from the Bahamas to key west. I just took it a little further east and a little to the south. Azania: land of the rising sun, of new beginnings and broken souls. Of Mandela and Biko. Of white flight and the ascension of BEE (Black Economic Empowerment). What better place to let my Phoenix rise for hope to be reborn. To lose myself in search of myself. " - Antonio Lyons
After each performance there is a facilitated post show discussion with the Audience Community.
The way you articulated that there is this choice that women make to carry the shame so that men could die with dignity. It was just beautiful. It resonated…it was just beautiful. Thank you for that.- Audience Community Member
Where I thought you did a brilliant job Antonio in terms of capturing the nuances of language in such a way that an American audience can understand. You caught the words. You caught the inflections. Gave a sense of that authentic experience of what people, not what an American says a South African is experiencing. - Audience Community Member