US Mission brings Nina Simone production to Market Theatre

Nina Simone

A grant of over R1 million made by the United States Mission in South Africa will allow for the production of ‘Nina Simone: Four Women’ at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg, as part of Black History Month. 

Black History Month is an annual commemoration in the United States.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the mission said it had partnered with the Market Theatre “to deliver high impact and thought-provoking theatre to South African audiences”. The production will be directed by James Ngcobo.

Over the past seven years, through a series of grants totalling more than R4 million, the U.S. Mission to South Africa had helped fund Market Theatre productions, said the statement.

“Nina Simone: Four Women,” written by American author Christina Ham, is set in the immediate aftermath of the horrific September 16, 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.  The play uses the framework of Nina Simone’s song, “Four Women,” as it brings together four female characters who, in the course of the play, confront and give voice to their personal suffering and the devastating effects of racism and discrimination,” said the statement.

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jessica Lapenn said, “We are tremendously excited to support the production of ‘Nina Simone: Four Women’ at the Market Theatre to honour Black History Month and, in particular, the voices of black women.”

Performances will take place through February 24 in the John Kani Theatre at the Market Theatre, Tuesdays to Saturdays at 20:00 and Sundays at 15:00.  Tickets can be purchased at www.markettheatre.co.za or via Anthony Eseoke – AnthonyE@markettheatre.co.za  / 011 8321641 / 083 246 4950.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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