Taking the Stage: Death and the King’s Horseman – A Play Reading
- Saturday, February 26, 2022
- 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The National Museum of African American History and Culture presents a virtual staged reading of Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman by the Shakespeare Theatre Company and Howard University’s Department of Theatre Arts. Soyinka is a Nigerian novelist, essayist, poet, playwright, and the first sub-Saharan African Nobel Laureate for Literature. Based on an incident in 1946, Soyinka’s work is a powerful examination of the explosive tension between traditional African culture and the West. The 90-minute digital performance will include an overview of the work by LeeAnét Noble, production director and Shakespeare Theatre Company’s director of equity and enrichment, and contributions by Georgetown University’s Dr. Soyica Colbert and Shakespeare Theatre Company dramaturg Dr. Drew Lichtenberg.