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Stori Ya (2005)

Black Theatre Workshop

November 16 to December 4, 2011

November 16 to December 4, 2011

Stori Ya tells the story of Maria Msondo, an African-Canadian of Tanzanian origin facing imminent eviction from her home. The night before the fateful day, Maria summons the public, her guests, to a last meal. Stirring up memories of a difficult childhood, Maria, now an adult desperately seeks love in a seemingly hostile world. A heartrending tale bristling with bitter anecdotes: a tragic journey that leads back to the source in her native Tanzania. The thread of her ancestral past weaves through the personal drama – where memories of Mwali, a coming of age rite, and traditional songs intersect with her new reality as an immigrant. Stori Ya features a jarring solo performance by Warona Setshwaelo, a young actress who has participated in numerous productions including Humans (Théâtre Tableau D’Hôte) and Truth and Treason (Teesri Duniya Theatre).

Written by Toronto playwright Joan M. Kivanda, the play Stori Ya was presented at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto (2005) and at the Playwright’s Theatre in Vancouver (2007). Millie Tresierra directs the Montreal performance.

Featuring / Warona Setshwaelo
Director / Millie Tresierra
Written by / Joan M. Kivanda
Artistic Director / Quincy Armorer
Set & Costume Designer / James Lavoie
Lighting Designer / Eric Mongerson
Sound Designer / Dumisizwe Vuyo Bhembe
Technical Director / Steve Schon
Production Stage Manager / Shani Hamilton-Greenlaw
General Manager / Adele Benoit

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