DAY 2 – October 23

DAY 2 begins with a reading of NSangou Njiikam’s brilliant play, When We Left. NSangou is currently developing this play with the NOW AFRICA: Playwrights Festival. After the reading, there will be a facilitated talk-back focusing on how Njiikam’s play functions as a dramatic vehicle broadening our understanding
of this year’s theme.
In the near-future, a secret organization puts out a call to Black Americans: leave America and return to Africa. This extraordinary call promises jobs, housing and a better way of life. But is it real? When We Left follows two members of Congress, two cousins in the inner city, a pair of Black advertising executives, and an interracial, lesbian Black Lives Matter couple as they tackle perhaps the most monumental issue they will ever face: is the American dream for Black people?


Starring: Jaime Lincoln Smith*Eden Marryshow*, Lavonda Elam*, Wendell Franklin*, Azariah Gunn*,Tracy Jai*, Carson Higgins*, Melissa Wolff*, Emily Althaus*, and Anton Floyd*


*Actors Equity Association member
glenn-jan29NSANGOU NJIKAM is a writer and Hip Hop Theatre artist originally from Baltimore, MD. His writing credits include Syncing Ink, Re:Definition, When We Left, Search For The Crystal Stairs, I.D. and he is one of seven writers of Hands Up: Seven Plays; Seven Testaments. NSangou’s play, Syncing Ink, was developed at the Alley Theatre in Houston, TX, where it will receive its world premiere in 2017, in conjunction with the Flea Theater in New York. His work inHands Up has been performed around the country, and will be performed as a radio play on the BBC. NSangou’s work focuses on Hip Hop Theatre and West African Performance aesthetics. He has worked with such Hip Hop/Spoken Word artists as Kamilah Forbes, Chadwick Boseman, UNIVERSES and tHE Hip Hop Theatre Festival. His Hip Hop Theatre play, I.D. (commission by Penn State University) premiered at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. NSangou has taught Hip HopTheatre and poetry in schools and with institutions such as Brooklyn Academy of Music and Duke Ellington School of the Arts. NSangou received his BFA in Theatre from Howard University. After tracing his ancestry, he received his name from the Bamum King in Cameroon, West Africa. He currently resides in New York City.