Deepening Cultural Diaspora Activity
Continued interact with the Camargo Foundation’s Cultural Diaspora programme leads to three staged readings of Femi Osofisan’s Not All Canoes Sail Back Home under the direction of CA’s Artistic Director Chuck Mike. The play, one of eight new works conceived during the Cassis, France 4 week playwrights residency curated by Mike and noted playwright Carlyle Brown, dwells on the interaction between three female literary titans (Maya Angelou, Maryse Conde and Efua Sutherland) in Ghana during the Nkrumah era circa 1965. The first reading was held at the Minneapolis Playwright Center in Minnesota. The Kennedy Center in Washington DC featured a second reading during its Boundless Africa program (https://www.kennedy-center.org/press-releases/boundless-africa-release/) and subsequently The National Theatre of Ghana presented a final reading. In Ghana, Mike and Brown (who served as the plays dramaturge) held workshops in acting, directing and playwriting with mid career thespians. The executive director of the National theatre has expressed a desire to produce the play and further the collaboration.
At National Theatre of Ghana with Executive Director Amy Frimpong and all participants
Chuck Mike with Playwright's Femi Osofisan ( L) and Carlyle Brown
Chuck Mike in front of National Theatre of Ghana