Antu Yacob will became the first Ethiopian American to have a play staged at the United Solo Theatre festival in New York City when she performed her one-person show, "In the Gray," on September 17th at the largest solo theatre festival in the world.
The 75-minutes storytelling and performance art narrates Antu's personal experience while growing up in the United States as she forms and re-negotiates her Ethio-American identity first as a teenager and later an adult pursuing a career in the theatre and film industry. "In the Gray" features Antu playing several engaging characters including herself, her 8-year-old son, as well as her muslim and Oromo activist mother who lives in Minnesota.
"I constantly have this experience of being between two cultures," Antu told Tadias. "That's why I call it "In The Gray," because a lot of things are not black and white for me." Antu says she tries "to experiment with social and political activism in an entertaining way."
"In the Gray" is directed by Celestine Rae with lighting & set design by Matthew Fick, show image by Anthony Artis and executive produced by Tadias Magazine.