Ahamefule J. Oluo:
Written and composed by Ahamefule J. Oluo
Co-written by Lindy West
Directed by Jennifer Zeyl
Lyrics by okanomodé and Tiffany Wilson
Lighting Design by Robert Aguilar
Sound Design by Matt Starritt
Production Stage Manager: Steve Carlino
Company Manager: Haley Freedlund
Trumpet: Ahamefule J. Oluo,
Vocal Soloists: okanomodé and Tiffany Wilson
Tenor Saxophone: Izaak Mills
Trombone: Jason Cressey
Trombone and Sousaphone: Jerome Smith
Upright Bass: Marina Christopher
Drums: D'Vonne Lewis
Wurlitzer: Marina Albero
Ahamefule J. Oluo’s darkly comic musical portrait of his mother builds one story out of many, a journey from Section 8 housing in 1980s Seattle, to the mangrove swamps of the Niger Delta, to the Clallam Bay Correctional Facility. With stunning new compositions, combined with soul-baring stand-up interludes, Oluo explores two intertwining narratives: his mother’s life as the white, Midwestern wife of a Nigerian chief, and later a destitute single mother; and his own journey to Nigeria as an adult, to visit his late father’s village and discover a family on the other side of the world.
Performed in English.
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Header and Featured image: photo by Haley Freedlund
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