Venue Details

34 Star Starred
Empire Stage
1140 N. Flagler Drive Ft Lauderdale, FL 33304
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Reviews & Ratings

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4.8 average rating
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24 events
17 reviews
2 stars
attended May 26 2013

Compelling story about female mutilation in Kenya made real by brilliant acting.

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17 reviews
6 stars
attended May 23 2013

Powerful play about people caught in middle as modern world collides with values & rites of traditional society.

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3 reviews
0 stars
attended Jun 07 2013

Waafrika was a brutally emotional ride through the exposure and necessary attempt to bring awareness to the sensitive and difficult issues in Africa that must be... continued

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Quotes & Highlights

“One of the most vital, visceral experiences you’ll encounter on a stage all year.” — John Thomason, New Times
“A deeply earnest and illuminating examination of the toxicity of tradition.” — Bill Hirschman, Florida Theater on Stage
“A bold production — a shattering and shocking play.” — Christine Dolen, Miami Herald


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.