Fight the (lack of) Power
Uganda, and Kampala in particular, is beautiful. The people are amazing. But for a person visiting from NYC, there are a few things that you have to get used to. One is that the power goes out 3 or 4 times a day. It's never for long, usually just for a few minutes, sometimes up to an hour or two. While us New Yorkers are still adjusting to this phenomenon, the Ugandans barely notice when it happens. Of course, our great fear is that the power will go out during our show. Our first performance is tonight. Hmm, I wonder what will happen? 😒
But first...we had to get through the day. This morning our fearless leader Antu Yacob participated in a panel discussion with female playwrights involved in the festival. It was a pleasure to witness these brilliant women discussing their craft.
The moderator of the discussion was a professor at the NYU Abu Dhabi campus, who flew his class to Kampala for 24 hours to take in the festival. To see this international class of college kids intensely studying female African playwrights was beyond inspiring. I teach in the NYU system in New York, and on talking with Bob I found that we have a student in common! Truly small world indeed.
Next up was tech rehearsal. This was literally the only chance we would get to run the complete show in full dress with all cues before our first performance...a few hours later. To our surprise, we didn't lose power once. Good omen?
So anyway, the performance - the reason we're here - finally arrived. And it was...awesome. The audience laughed, they cried, and they cheered. And in a sign that God was truly on our side, the power did go out once - but it only lasted a minute, and it was during intermission. 😊 Oh - and it also happened during the post-show talkback and it was amazing. #Blessed
The lights went out on Antu and she kept going like a boss!