Posts tagged ‘Oby Obyerodhyambo’
This Month’s Topic: Making a living as a writer/artist: Opportunities, Revenue Streams and Future Planning
The September Catch-up brings a lot of insight from established writers and publishers at this year’s Storymoja Hay festival. Africa has long had the reputation of being a continent of non-readers. Though this is changing what are the underlying difficulties that make many still not have a reading culture in Kenya?
Panelists taking us through this conversation includes John Mwazemba, a writer, has worked extensively with publishing houses and regularly writes for the Nation. Oby Obyerodhyambo, a thespian, scriptwriter and has a master’s degree in Literature from the University of Nairobi, Faith Koli is a producer by profession who has consulted for several TV programs such as Mali, Agenda Kenya, Tazama 1,2,3,4, Biko Zulu (blogger) and Teddy Muthusi, an independent Creative Consultant, (advertising)
Phoenix Players present Wanjiku’s Dilemma (Opening this Friday) by Oby Obyerodhyambo another Kenyan original .
Oby is certainly not a stranger to the Kenyan Theatre scene, and this is his second play to be presented on the Phoenix Stage.
Opening: September 23, 2011
Venue: Professional Centre (The Phoenix Players)
Dates: September 24-October 8, 2011
Time: Wednesday-Friday 7pm, Saturday 3rd & 17th 7pm and Sunday 4th & 11th 3 & 6pm
Tickets: Kshs 500 (Student nights Every Thursday. Buy 1 ticket @ Ksh. 300 and get 1 Free. Only those with school ID’S are eligible for the offer)
Two young lawyers- TUNU and RICKO are running their own practice. TUNU has a habit of picking Pauper’s Briefs- especially those of the ‘down-trodden’ and uses her mother ALICE- a retired legal brain- as a bouncing wall for her cases. She picks up one such case- of a woman who has killed her husband and his lover in what appears, on the surface, as a fit of anger. Questions start to fly- with public opinion at variance with the suspect’s defense lawyers, the case starts to split the staff in the office as well. Tunu is convinced WANJIKU did no wrong. The Police have a very different view. So does her own mother and legal partner. This drama plays on the social attitudes, societal expectations of what a marriage should be. The conflicts – past and present – that re-wire our opinions and either clear or cloud our judgements.
The play is directed by GEORGE MUNGAI. WANJIKU’S DILEMMA is part of the on-going program to produce original Kenyan works by Phoenix Theatre, and we welcome this second script by Oby Obyerodhiambo, following THE STRIPED LEOPARD which was produced at Phoenix in 2002.