19-27 May 2006. The Trial of One Short-Sighted Black Woman vs Mammy Louise and Safreeta Mae by playwright Marcia L. Leslie is about a successful professional African American woman who embraces modern materialism in an attempt to escape the painful memories of her ancestral past, which was determined by the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Set in the new world of the Americas, the play nonetheless draws parallels with the Oceanic slavery experience in South Africa, particularly with regard to the role of slave women in 17th-19th century society. The play is directed by Dr Vanita Vactor, visiting lecturer in the department of drama at the University of Cape Town (UCT) as part of a 2005-06 Fulbright Scholars Grant to South Africa. In the United States she is an associate professor of theatre in the department of visual and performing arts at North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mon-Sat 20.00. Entrance free.
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Exploring ancestral memory.
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