Venue Details

Empire Stage
1140 N. Flagler Drive Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304
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4.8 / 5 Rated by 6 members
Rodney A. Grunes
Review from Rodney A. Grunes
53 events 28 reviews

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

reviewed May 26 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from CN
26 events 23 reviews

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

reviewed May 23 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Sugar
21 events 7 reviews

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 addressed globally. The actors were amazing, the set was creatively effective and the...continued

reviewed Jun 07 2013 report as inappropriate
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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.

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