Wole Soyinka, Mega-Cities/Mega-Slums: Urban Ruin and Renewal on the Global Stage

Date: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Location: FHI Garage - C105, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse
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Please join us for a discussion with Nobel Prize-winning author, human rights activist, and former FHI Distinguished Scholar in Residence Wole Soyinka (lunch at 12:30, discussion begins at 1:00). This event is jointly hosted by the FHI and the Department of Theater Studies, which has organized a series of events centered on a production of:

The Beatification of Area Boy
by Wole Soyinka
Directed by Jody McAuliffe, theater studies faculty
October 21-23 & 28-30 at 8 pm; October 24 & 31 at 2 pm Reynolds Theater

This irreverent comedy offers a contemporary twist on the age-old Robin Hood story. Through increasingly outrageous acts of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, street kids, shopkeepers, security guards, and society girls confront the excesses of power at the top by devising schemes for creative resistance from below. See the production blog here.

Other associated special events - no tickets necessary
* Reception with Professor Soyinka after opening night performance in theater lobby, October 21
* Pre-show discussion with Professor Soyinka, October 22, Rare Book Room, 6:30 pm

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