I have the pleasure of participating in this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival (ON NOW!) with a project that is very close to my heart. As an artist and a member of the Canadian audience, I feel it is my duty to provide a voice, a face, and a name for victims of injustice. In this play that honours the memory of Nigeria’s forgotten, missing girls, we see captivity from the perspectives of the captives themselves. I play the role of Hasana, one of over 200 young females who were kidnapped from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok. Hasana’s sister, Ladi, is played by Amanda Weise. They were taken prisoner by the group known as Boko Haram on April 14, 2014 and have yet to be rescued.
Hasana also has (what we know to be) Asperger Syndrome. However, because the Chibok community lacks the necessary resources for diagnosis and therapy, Ladi assumes the responsibility of watching over and taking care of Hasana, much to her dismay. Hasana is seen as a misfit, an outcast, and a curse upon her family – that is, until she gets her hands on one of Ladi’s books.
All Our Yesterdays is a rare, humorous, and captivating story of survival. I am so grateful to be alive and in Toronto and involved with AnOther Theatre Company’s inaugural work.
Check out our first review (thank you, Randy McDonald & Mooney on Theatre) here: http://www.mooneyontheatre.com/2015/07/02/all-our-yesterdays-another-theatre-company-2015-toronto-fringe-review/
We have 5 performances left! Visit http://fringetoronto.com/fringe-festival/shows/all-our-yesterdays/ for the full schedule and to buy tickets.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.