August 30, 2017
Washington, D.C. — The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics (The Lab) is pleased to present Ten Blocks on the Camino Real by Tennessee Williams, performed by Abibigromma, the resident troupe of the National Theatre of Ghana. The production will be presented on the Georgetown University campus and in Washington, DC September 25 – 27, 2017, in partnership with the Shakespeare Theatre Company, as part of its multi-city tour, produced by the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival.
Abibigromma’s Ten Blocks on the Camino Real, to be performed in English, takes a West African perspective on Williams’ classic story of love and heroism, weaving in vibrant music and presented in an experiential marketplace setting that highlights the themes of political economy and social stratification at the heart of the play. The production premiered in marketplaces and outdoor venues in Accra in 2016, and continues to tour throughout Ghana. Ten Blocks will be presented on Monday, September 25 on the West Lawn at the National Building Museum, produced in partnership with Shakespeare Theatre Company, and on Tuesday, September 26 in Red Square on Georgetown University campus. Tuesday night’s performance will be followed by a reception and panel discussion inside ICC Galleria.
“What a rare opportunity to welcome world-class artists from Africa with a production that speaks to the global resonance of the work of one of America’s greatest dramatists,” says Professor Derek Goldman, Lab co-Director. “Williams’ Camino Real, in its multiple versions, has been one of the most influential texts in my own theatrical life and here at Georgetown, where we produced a memorable, star-studded performance of it as part of our Tennessee Williams Centennial Festival in 2011 on the night of Williams’ 100th birthday. We are honored to host these artists from Ghana whose production has much to show us not only about their own theatrical practice, but about the universality of Williams’ vision of the harsh cruelty and tender beauty of the world, the power of exchange, and the ever-widening gap between society’s haves and have-nots.”
Performances are 75-minutes. Pay-what-you-can tickets will go on sale in early September.
The DC performances of Ten Blocks on the Camino Real are produced in partnership with the Shakespeare Theatre Company and GU’s Theater and Performance Studies Program, the Mortara Center for International Studies, and the Culture and Politics Major in the School of Foreign Service. Ten Blocks on the Camino Real is part of a multi-city U.S. tour, produced by the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in partnership with The Lab, the Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis, the University of Michigan in Detroit and Ann Arbor, and Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics (The Lab) harnesses the power of performance to humanize global politics. Housed in Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, The Lab has emerged as a leader, widely recognized as unique for its pioneering interdisciplinary approaches integrating the performing arts and international relations. The Lab creates and presents innovative high quality work from around the world that is at the intersection of politics and performance. Our signature approach raises voices rarely heard in Washington, DC through compelling, authentic narratives, and engages policymakers, as well as artists, students, and wider audiences in forums that cast critical issues in a new light. globallab.georgetown.edu
The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival was founded in 2006 in Provincetown — the birthplace of modern American theater — where Williams worked on many of his major plays during the 1940s. The TW Festival is the nation’s largest performing arts festival dedicated to celebrating and expanding an understanding of the full breadth of the work of America’s great playwright. Each year, theater artists from around the globe perform classic and innovative productions to celebrate Williams’ enduring influence in the 21st century, hosted by venues throughout the seaside village. For more details, visit twptown.org.
Recipient of the 2012 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) is the nation’s leading premier classical theatre company. Today, STC is synonymous with artistic excellence and making classical theatre more accessible to audiences in and around the nation’s capital. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Kahn and Executive Director Chris Jennings, STC’s innovative productions inspire dialogue that connects classic works to the modern human experience. The Company focuses on works with profound themes, complex characters and poetic language written by Shakespeare, his contemporaries and the playwrights he influenced in order to preserve and promote classic theatre—ambitious, enduring plays with universal themes—for all audiences. A leader in arts education, STC has a stable of initiatives that teach and excite learners of all ages, from school programs and adult acting classes to accessible community programming like play-relevant discussion series and the Free for All. For the past 25 years the Free For All program has offered an annual remount of a popular production completely free of charge to all audience members.