Post show discussions scheduled for this week following Waafrika 123 at Live Oak Theater.
Show and ticket info at: theatrefirst.com. Last full weekend of shows, Thurs-Sat, 8pm and Sunday at 2pm.
Thursday, May 17th : WAAFRIKA cast talkback
Friday, May 18th : Discussion facilitated by Cat Petru & Nicole Gervacio of WE RISE on KPFB radio. Topic: moving from white savior complexes to true solidarity
Sunday, May 20th (after the 2pm matinee) : Discussion with actor/playwright Skyler Cooper and WAAFRIKA director, Lisa Evans. Topic: liberation for black trans & gender nonconforming folks and art as activism.
FRI, May 25th
Cat Petru is a proud host/producer with KPFA's First Voice Apprenticeship program. Nicole Gervacio is an interdisciplinary artist inspired by genealogy, the body, and memory. Together they are We Rise: cultural producers who embody solidarity, theory in the flesh, & aspire to heartfelt, prayerful offerings to the freedom movement of our time. We Rise airs every Sunday at 3 PM on 89.3 FM KPFB in Berkeley, California, occupied Ohlone territory known as Huichin, bringing stories, interviews, and music to nourish our imaginations in service of collective liberation.
SUNDAY, MAY 27TH
Skyler Cooper is an award-winning filmmaker, actor, and activist who was recently voted one of Autostraddle’s 100 LGBTQ People You Should Know. Cooper is an influential transgender pioneer in the arts and has received critical acclaim for his gender-bending live and film performances. Cooper marked his directorial debut with Hero Mars, a beautifully cinematic and thought-provoking award-winning short film of which he also wrote, produced and starred. As an actor, Cooper received accolades for his revolutionary adaption playing Othello as a female commander. He has appeared in the films Elena Undone, The Owls and The Insomniacs, and on television in RuPaul’s Drag U. Cooper, a Gulf War veteran, practicing Buddhist and lover of tango, can often be found leading women and men at milongas in the Bay Area when not working on his next gender-ation film.
Lisa Evans is a black non-binary performance (cont...)