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Waafrika 123: A Queerly Scripted Tragic Rise to African Fantasia

June 26 (7:00pm), June 28 (8:00pm), June 29 (2:00pm)

Written by Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko
Directed by é boylan

Tickets for Waafrika 123: A Queerly Scripted Tragic Rise to African Fantasia are Pay-What-You-Wish, ranging from $15 to $120 per ticket.

Celebrate Pride Month, resistance, and love with National Queer Theater and PAC NYC.

On the eve of the country’s first democratic elections, everyone is brewing with expression, even in the tiny, rural, fictional village, Luoland, with no electricity or running water some 250 kilometers northwest of Nairobi. There, although queer lesbians ‘don’t exist’ in Kenya, two queers fall in love: Bobby, an American development worker and Awino from the Luo tribe. To complicate matters, Awino’s father is also the Chief who enforces traditions and codes. So when famine strikes, the villagers blame the queers for the many, many deaths by starvation. To regain equilibrium, to make everything “normal” once again, Awino – non-binary queer (pre-op, no T) trans – must be “circumcised” – by force – so “s/he” can act like a real village woman rather than a woman “who wants to be” a man, and Bobby must leave. Will Awino and Bobby agree to separate for the good of their community? Or will the village itself change?

Originally developed at the 2019 Criminal Queerness Festival at IRT Theater.

Waafrika 123, featuring TL Thompson (standing) and Shiro Kihagi (seated, right)  Photo: Sean Velasco-Dodge

Post-show Discussion: June 28

Members of the cast and company discuss the inspiration, themes, and creative process behind Waafrika 123: A Queerly Scripted Tragic Rise to African Fantasia.

Content Advisory

Contains depictions of transphobic, homophobic, and misogynistic violence, language describing sexual assault, and self-harm.

Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko
Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko Author
é boylan
é boylan Director
National Queer Theater
National Queer Theater

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