North West Development Association (South Africa)
North West Development Association presents the classic story Asinamali with a twist: they are the first to present it with an all-female cast in the piece's 37-year history.
Inspired by the events that surrounded the Lamontville Township 1983 rent strike led by martyred activist Msizi Dube, Asinamali tells the story of five black prisoners, their lives and their road to prison under the apartheid regime. The strike's rallying cry was "Asinamali!" — Zulu for "We have no money!"
"A simply staged but powerful and enormously energetic piece of wonderfully synchronized improvisational theatre, utilizing sounds, narrative, mime, and physical action in exciting ways to explore the backgrounds of the various characters and their experiences of life under apartheid."
Asinamali was written by South African Legend and multi-award winner Dr. Mbongeni Ngema. The production was staged in Potchefstroom and has successfully achieved the required standard of professional theatre. The 90% of performers, were on their first time on stage. It has recently won the 2022 Standard Bank Standing Ovation Silver Award at Makhanda National Arts Festival.
THURSDAY JULY 13TH, 7PM
FRIDAY JULY 14TH, 9PM
SATURDAY JULY 15TH, 9PM
Performances of Asinamali are at Theater Wit
1229 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Contact: (773) 975-8150
Workshop Offering with North West Development Association:
Saturday July 15th, 10am-1pm at Theater Wit
Stay tuned for more details!