Lab PerForum: Inua Ellams, playwright, Barber Shop Chronicles

Lab PerForum: A Series of Public Discussions and Workshops with Artists from the Kennedy Center’s World Stages.

The Lab PerForum series provides intimate access to leading theater artists from around the world through panels, discussions, and interactive workshops. Through our partnership with the Kennedy Center’s World Stages, The Lab’s signature approach offers rare insight into the artistic approaches and social contexts of work from artists around the world who are using theater to engage the most pressing issues of our time.

About the Artist:

Born in Nigeria in 1984, Inua Ellams is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist & designer. He is an ambassador for the Ministry of Stories and has published four books of poetry: ‘Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars’, ‘Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales’ 'The Wire-Headed Heathen' and '#Afterhours'. His first play ‘The 14th Tale’ was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival and his fourth ‘Barber Shop Chronicles’ sold out its run at England’s National Theatre. He is currently touring 'An Evening With An Immigrant' and working on ‘The Half God of Rainfall’ – a new play in verse. In graphic art & design, online and in print, he tries to mix the old with the new, juxtaposing texture and pigment with flat shades of colour and vector images. He lives and works from London, where he founded the Midnight Run, a nocturnal urban excursion. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. 


About the production:

Set in barbershops in Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, Accra, and London, Barber Shop Chronicles welcomes you into this unique, intimate community where African men gather to discuss the world and their lives. These are places where the banter can be barbed but the truth is always telling. Following its critically acclaimed run at the Royal National Theatre in London, this “funny and joyous but equally poignant” play (The Guardian) will warm your heart.

Directed by Bijan Sheibani.

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Friday, November 30, 2018 at 11:00am to 12:15pm

Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theater
37th and O St., N.W., Washington

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The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics & The Kennedy Center's World Stages

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