Created and Performed by:
Makambe K. Simamba
Handsome Alice Theatre
March 20 – 24, 2018
7:30 pm Evening Performances / 2:00 pm Matinee on March 24th
Joyce Doolittle Theatre at the Pumphouse Theatre Venues
Makambe K. Simamba – Performer
Kathryn Smith – Director / Lighting Design
Sarah Uwadiae – Set and Costume Design
>Aidan Lytton – Sound Design
Kennedy Greene – Stage Manager*
*The participation of these Artists are arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy.
Photo Credit: Citrus Photography
A Canadian college student journeys deep into the sounds, smells, and spirits of Zambia. Surrounded by family, she is steeped in a single secret: that she has returned to her ancestral home with a singular mission to find the identity of a man who abused her as a child and take justice into her own hands. A Chitenge Story is a young woman’s autobiographical account of releasing trauma, embracing heritage, and uncovering her ultimate healing.
A Chitenge Story comes at a time when survivors of sexual harassment and assault are speaking up and actually being listened to. In the past few months, the hashtag #metoo has swept across social media and was posted by several people who have survived some form of sexual abuse. Our communities are more ready than ever have this conversation. The fact that this unique one woman play offers a New Canadian perspective could not be more timely and relevant to Calgary’s incredibly diverse population.
A Chitenge Story is created and performed by Makambe K. Simamba, Directed by Kathryn Smith, with Set & Costume Design by Sarah Uwadiae, Lighting Design by Kathryn Smith, Sound Design by Aidan Lytton, and Stage Management by *Kennedy Greene.
Playing at the Joyce Doolittle Theatre (in the Pumphouse Theatres), March 20-24, 2018.
Performance times are 7:30pm Tuesday – Saturday, with an additional matinee at 2:00pm March 24th.
(Supported by Canada Council for the Arts)