The Hood College Humanities Colloquium
the Program in African American Studies
and the Department of History
Proudly present an evening of solo, one–act plays that explore two unique and compelling perspectives on being Black in America.
Thursday, April 9, 7 PM
Hodson Auditorium, Rosenstock Hall, Hood College
Free and Open to the Public
The roof is caving in. The floorboards are shifting beneath her feet. The walls crumble at the slightest touch. Her house is suddenly falling down all around her. She knows she must get out before it destroys her. But as she packs up to leave, she encounters buried memories: Documents, photos, memorabilia, even residents, all of which she must now confront and come to terms with.
In this solo show, Amontaine Aurore explores historical legacies of trauma, and the dismantling of metaphorical houses of anger and rage.
In this one-man show, Kenju Waweru, an African man navigating America, takes the audience on a journey into a complex reality of the many ways the world understands and experiences “black people.” It is a humorous, raw, and authentic reflection on race based upon Kenju’s personal experience as an immigrant.
Amontaine Aurore is a Seattle-based writer, actor, director, performance artist, and author of numerous plays which have been presented on stages in Seattle, New York, and abroad. Her solo play, Free Desiree was named by Indie Theater Now as one of the Best New Plays of the New York Fringe Festival. In 2017 her play, Don’t Call it a Riot! was a finalist in the Bay Area Playwrights’ Festival, and had its world premiere in 2018. Amontaine’s latest work, When a Tree Falls, premieres at the 18th & Union Theater in Seattle in the spring of 2020.
Amontaine is the recipient of artist grants from Artist Trust, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture, and the Puffin Foundation. She has been a writer-in-residence at the Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat and was named a finalist for the 2019 Emerald Prize in playwriting from Seattle Public Theater.
Kenju Waweru is a theatre and filmmaker currently based in Seattle, WA. Kenju started his career six years ago as a reporter based in Nairobi, Kenya. He has been featured in multiple documentaries and independent films. Kenju made his theatre debut in Seattle three years ago as a part of the 2017 Intiman Emerging Artist Program. The show “Kenju-Do it!” was as a result of deep reflection on his current reality of being an African artist living in America. Kenju has since worked with notable theatre and arts organizations in the Pacific North West, such as Intiman Theatre, One Vibe Africa, North West Folklife, and MoPop, among others. He is a journalist/mentor for Radioactive Youth Media at the University of Washington’s NPR affiliate KUOW, serving and teaching the next generation of young storytellers. Kenju likes dancing, hosting Diaspora Connect, a podcast focused on African diaspora issues, engaging in conversations, writing, and spending time in nature, with friends, and with family.