Cast: 3 women, 2 men
Since Africa chronicles the tensions between a Dinka refugee—one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan”—and three people who help acclimate him to Chicago: a recently-widowed socialite, her reluctant and grieving college-age daughter, and an African-American Deacon from the local Catholic parish. Guiding each of these characters through the journey of the play is the Nameless One, a non-speaking, dancer spirit who embodies the commonality of human experience and the under-lying spirituality in even the most lost souls.
A look at American culture through the eyes of an African, this play explores the tensions between blacks and whites, Africans and African-Americans, the devout and the non-religious.
Since Africa can be downloaded on Broadway Play Publishing.
Since Africa premiered at Chicago Dramatists in 2009 under the direction of Russ Tutterow.