Provocative Drama Waafrika Explores Love, Family, Taboos
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The last date listed for Waafrika was Sunday June 9, 2013 / 5:00pm.
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Ronnie Larsen's comedy explores the ins and outs of the gay porn business by following the lives of six people involved in it -- and the relationship complications that arise because of it. A hit off-Broadway, Making Porn takes place in San Francisco in the '80s where Jack, a straight actor desperate for work, takes a role in a gay porn film. Complications arise when Jack's wife discovers the truth about his new job and the producer's boyfriend/assistant falls in love with one of the actors. It's a show full of campy fun, and yes, there is nudity -- it's about the porn industry after all. But most audiences find that the laughs steal the show every time. Learn More
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Quotes & Highlights
- "One of the most vital, visceral experiences you'll encounter on a stage all year." -- John Thomason, <em>New Times</em>
- "A deeply earnest and illuminating examination of the toxicity of tradition." -- Bill Hirschman, <em>Florida Theater on Stage</em>
- "A bold production -- a shattering and shocking play." -- Christine Dolen, <em>Miami Herald</em>
About the Playwright:
Nick Mwaluko was born in Tanzania, East Africa but raised in neighboring Kenya. Growing up a foreigner meant his family stuck closely to traditional African values, most of which do not support active identification with homosexuality. As a result, Nick looked for financial, emotional, and spiritual support outside the family, in communal settings very different from the tribe.
After high school, Nick worked with Reuters News Agency's Nairobi bureau, the regional headquarters for thirteen countries located in East and Central Africa. While initially hired as news assistant, Nick quickly rose to the ranks of feature writer, using famine in Ethiopia and Somalia, genocide in Rwanda, and countless coups in central Africa as springboards for personal narratives triggered by political upheaval.
Nick holds a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) and an M.F.A. in Playwrighting from Columbia University. He transitioned from female to male in his third year of undergraduate studies. Nick was a member of the inaugural EWG (Emerging Writers' Group) at the Public Theater, the U.S.' largest non-profit theater.
About the Ticket Supplier: Thinking Cap Theatre
Since its founding in 2010, Thinking Cap Theatre has brought a slice of NYC’s downtown theatre scene to downtown Fort Lauderdale. Thinking Cap has made a name for itself locally and nationally for tackling challenging works. The company’s artistic director Nicole Stodard was named Best Director by the New Times in 2012.
Thinking Cap is devoted to experimental, provocative, and socially-conscious work. We program plays that tell compelling stories in fresh and surprising ways. Thinking Cap also aims to engage with works that treat a range of identities more accurately reflective of today’s society; to dismantle norms and stereotypes through non-reactionary, honest means; and to present historical works that have rarely or never seen the light of the stage.