In the premiere of this new musical written by Princeton senior Tanaka Dunbar Ngwara, Mirirai’s childhood best friend, Chamai, returns home in 1976 from boarding school abroad to find Domboshava much changed by the last few years of the Zimbabwean Liberation War. While hiding in the forest during a raid on the village, it becomes clear that Mirirai’s spiritual beliefs clash with Chamai’s newfound view of the world. When he disregards important traditions and disappears at a sacred water site, Mirirai has to rally the community to perform the correct rituals to appease the spirits and win him back. This show is an exploration of the effects of the demonization and erasure of traditional practice during colonial rule in Zimbabwe, exploring themes of spirituality, community, first love and grief. Directed by senior Sabina Jafri with Tanaka Dunbar Ngwara also serving as music director, costume designer, and dramaturg.

Cosponsored by Princeton’s Department of Music.

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symbol for wheelchair accessibilityaccess symbol for amplified sound or assistive hearing devicesaccess symbol for open captioning, two white O C lettersThe Wallace Theater is an accessible venue with an assistive listening system. The May 5 performance will feature open/live captioning (CART). Both stage and mezzanine levels of the theater are wheelchair-accessible, and up to 5 ADA seating positions are available in all configurations. Visit our Venues and Studios section for accessibility information at our various locations, including Berlind Theatre. Attendees in need of other access accommodations are invited to contact the Lewis Center at 609-258-5262 or email at least one week in advance of the event date.

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  • Program in Theater
  • Department of Music