Provocative Drama Waafrika Explores Love, Family, Taboos
The last date listed for Waafrika was Sunday, Jun. 9, 2013 / 5:00pm.
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.