Sophia Chese Arts Correspondent
Almasi Collaborative Arts is a Zimbabwean American dramatic arts organisation that was created by Danai Gurira and Patience Tawengwa with the aim of fostering professionalism in the dramatic arts industry.Almasi Collaborative Arts is set to resume stage reading plays starting tomorrow at the Zimbabwe Germany Society.
To open this year’s edition is a bitter-sweet play “Fences” that was written by an American playwright August Wilson.
In an interview, Almasi Collaborative Arts spokesperson Tawanda Mupatsi said the organisation which had taken a break for a few months is set to come back with this massive play.
“While it is true that Almasi has been seemingly silent on the entertainment scene for the past few months, the presentation of this stage reading shall trumpet the message that in its silence the organisation has been threading a colourful fabric from behind the scenes that shall strike its fans with a bolt of surprise,” he said.
He said the story of “Fences” was set in the 1950s’ in an African-American society and it traces the life of a 53-year-old garbage collector by the name of Troy.
“Battling to loosen ties with a dark and gloomy past defined by a shattered youthful dream and a blood stained struggle for survival, Troy who is now a family man places all his energy in discouraging his son from pursuing a dream which he failed to bring to fruition in his own youthful days and what results is a heated conflict.”
He added that the play also delves into the hidden cradles of mankind’s state of mind by highlighting how one person can choose to personally enrich himself at the expense of a mentally challenged brother.
It also shows how one can practice infidelity irrespective of how the marriage union is smoothly operating and still remains unapologetic even when the truth comes out.
The play which features a blend of budding and professional actors namely Dereck Nziyakwi, Brighton Ndlovu, Francis Nyakuhwa, Joe Anne, Charlene, Anthony and the dynamic Michael Kudakwashe, who has featured in one of Zimbabwe’s first television soap Studio 263 and several local theatrical productions, was directed by Zimbabwean thespian Gideon Jeph Wabvuta.
Almasi Collaborative Arts is a Zimbabwean American dramatic arts organisation that was created by Danai Gurira and Patience Tawengwa with the aim of fostering professionalism in the dramatic arts industry.
It does so through education, facilitation and collaboration with professional American Dramatic Artists and Artistic Institutions.
The package of shows Almasi has lined up are coming to the public with support from the Culture Fund, Sida and Danida.