Play that idolizes Joanne Chesimard opens in London

From our Bureau of No, This Is Not a Joke

Remember this opening monologue?: You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead – your next stop, the Twilight Zone!

Well, this story has affinities with that monologue, except for the “wondrous land” bit. Replace that with “frightful land” and the match would be perfect.

Except this story is not about a Twilight Zone episode, but about a play currently being staged in London.

For anyone who’s not a “woke” leftist robot, any play that idolizes a murderer hiding from justice in Cuba as hero and role model might as well be taking place in the Twilight Zone. Unfortunately, in this case, this is all too real.

And the leftist robot army loves stuff like this…

(Come to think of it, this story also has some affinities to the fictional Broadway musical “Springtime for Hitler” in Mel Brooks’ The Producers).

From Open Democracy:

“I’m so ready, so anxious”, says a young Assata Shakur as she joins the Black Panther Party in the 1970s US. The notorious black liberation activist and currently the FBI’s ‘Most Wanted’ woman, living in Cuba, adds: “I’ve got all these ideas, all this anger, like a fire in my gut – and I gotta use it for good, or else I’m gonna explode”.

A new one-woman play, Woke, tracks Shakur’s ascent, political education and ultimate criminalisation; interspersed is the fictional story of the wide-eyed Ambrosia, who enrols in university in 2014 as the Ferguson riots kick-off in Missouri, following the killing by police of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown.

I spoke with the writer and performer of Woke, Apphia Campbell, ahead of the play’s opening at the Battersea Arts Centre in London this week, before it travels to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer. She kindly gave me a dress rehearsal tape to watch – and what I saw was a force of nature.
Throughout the show, Campbell acts, sings, dances – and she wrote the piece, and some of its music – as she seamlessly swaps between the two characters. It reminds me of the stamina and passion of the black liberation activists she plays. “I’ve been doing some workout videos just to get back in shape”, she tells me, laughing.

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