Life doesn’t stop because of the recent VT tragedy, and I hope everyone has found appropriate ways to grieve and reflect on what’s happened. Besides watching the 24hr news-channel circus, that is.

For me, I balance the emotion of life’s tragic moments by finding things that are good in this world to celebrate. And this upcoming event at the University of Richmond looks promising to me:

The University of Richmond Department of Theatre and Dance & University Players with assistance from Collective Artistes, UK and The Performance Studio Workshop of Nigeria present “Tegonni: An African Antigone” by Nigerian playwright Femi Osofisan. Join us as we embark on journey of unprecedented international artistic collaboration.

It’s exciting to have British, Nigerian, and American artists collaborating together here in little old Richmond. In fact, this is the 2nd time in a month we’ve got West Africans, Brits, and Americans working together locally.

From the Modlin Center’s website:

Tegonni is an epic retelling of Sophocles’ classic tale of subversion, insurgency and uprising. Set in Nigeria during a bloody civil war, Tegonni, is the story of the princess of Oke-Osun, who finds herself caught between the laws of the masters and the hopes of her nation. Tegonni must choose between her own life and the ultimate preservation of her culture, her identity and her people. This is the story of a woman’s fight for freedom in the face of oppression, and a legend of courage and determination against an imposed leader that continues to reverberate for all cultures, nations and times. Femi Ósófisan brings his characteristic playfulness to this adaptation where times, cultures and mythologies merge to critique oppression and injustice in a global context.

The subject matter may not be uplifting, exactly, but having a former colonial power collaborting with the former colony to tell a story of struggle against oppression is something to celebrate.

And in this modern, tech-savvy world, the show has its own blog documenting progress on the show and inviting the public to be a part of the production by sharing thoughts & reactions. The first (and at this point, only) commenter so far is a former cast member from NYC who gives a tantalizing preview of what we can expect.

April 19-21, 2007, at 7:30 pm
and April 22, 2007, at 2 pm
Alice Jepson Theatre