‘Africa to America’ Back by Popular Demand

The Theatre Program at Eastern Connecticut State University will present three performances of “Africa to America: Perspective, Pride and Power” on Sept. 17-19 in the Proscenium Theatre of the Fine Arts Instructional Center.

On Sept. 17, the curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m.; on Sept. 18, the performance opens at 3 p.m.; and a special matinee performance on Sept. 19 will take place at 11 a.m.

Back by popular demand, the production is directed by Eastern Theatre Professor DeRon Williams and written by Wendy Coleman, chair of theatre arts at Alabama State University.

This interdisciplinary performance chronicles the involuntary voyage from Africa to the unknown lands of America through the use of oration, music, dance and multimedia. “This rich and powerful experience depicts the struggles, determination and triumphs as seen through the eyes of many African ancestors and descendants,” said Williams. “The audience will also learn of the history, culture, heritage and legacy of African Americans from some of the nation’s most notable icons in the freedom struggle: Harriet Tubman, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Angela Davis, Rosa Parks and former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.  

Tickets are $5 for the general public and free for Eastern students on a first-come, first-serve basis. For group or school pricing, or for more information, please contact the Fine Arts Box Office at (860) 465-5123 or email theatreboxoffice@easternct.edu. Walk-ins will be accepted as tickets remain available.

By Dwight Bachman