A couple weeks ago, I saw a show with my step-mother called “Hear Word! Naija Women Talk True” at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge. I went into the play knowing nothing other than it was an all female cast and director, and that they were all Nigerian. I was excited to see a play that was different from anything I had ever seen or heard of before.
The play was composed of fascinating and heart wrenching short scenes that touched on the beauty of love, the pain of being a woman, growing up, anger, and how relationships shape who we are. They are all based on true stories and are either short plays or monologues. A small band of three drummers accentuated their powerful performances, and silence played no less of an important role.
Their testimonies made me feel conscious of my privilege, feel the pain of women who are far less heard than I am, and become inspired to always stand up to violence against women.
Unfortunately the show only was up for a few short weeks, but I encourage everyone to watch a couple videos on Youtube about it. There are a few promotion videos, an interview with the director, and some clips of the show itself. It is impossible to feel the full emotions through a Youtube video, but it will at least give you a small taste of this amazing and stimulating show. A couple of links to these videos are below.
By Elizabeth Ward