NAISULA: A Prayer for a White Woman, her African Servant, a Shaman and a Spirit Child

SUCCESS!!

Painting by Paton Miller       www.patonmiller.com

This was performed on Tuesday, October 3 at the

John Drew Theater at Guild Hall  158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY

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a portion of funds raised go to Maasai women of Kitengela, Kenya,to pay school fees for their daughters

In this mythical story set in Colonial Kenya of the late 1950s, a shaman heals the wounded souls of a white woman and her African servant.

She is NAISULA – “woman of power”

The show was a huge success!

ANCESTORS                                                             ANCESTORS, SERVANT and SHAMAN

WHITE WOMAN and SERVANT                          WHITE WOMAN

BABOON                                                                      SERVANT and ANCESTORS

SERVANT              

    SERVANT

  

BABOON and SHAMAN                        SPIRIT CHILD

      

SERVANT, ANCESTORS and SHAMAN                 SHAMAN

Photos by Andrew Cameron Bailey & Connie Baxter Marlow

CAST:

WHITE WOMAN               Bevin Bell-Hall
SERVANT                   Lambert Tamin
SHAMAN                    Dianne Dixon
BABOON                    Evan Thomas
ANCESTORS                 Mamie Duncan-Gibbs, Ahkai Franklin, Akyiaa Wilson
                          Scotland Newton, Marilyn Louis
SPIRIT CHILD              Adrienne Hardin
NARRATORS                 Maria Bacardi, Kenny Mann
MUSIC                     Lutz Rath, Tyler Sussman

Stage Manager             John Zaleski
Lighting Design           Sebastian Paczynski
Sound Engineer            Joe Brondo
Guild Hall House Manager  Jennifer Brondo
Costumes                  Sophie Howell
Props, Costumes           Dicie Carlson
General Consultant        Maria Schon 
Sound Mix                 Kenny Mann
Poster design             Sophie Mann

"The whole production is so rich in colors, textures, poetry (Kenny Mann’s rich, incantatory language)
and gorgeous music that the entire evening passes like a wildly improbable dream."  Orel Protopopescu

"Absolutely bowled over by your play, the performances, the directions, everything totally compelling." Joan Carlson

"You have a wonderful story and your collaborators created magic with the costumes and dances." Anne Seelbach

"The play was epic! An absolute hit."    Maya-Lin Greene

“Naisula” is a magically charming and visually captivating work of art!"  Maria Schon

"NAISULA  is a great original theatrical experience."   Rivalyn Zweig

Click image below to see a short video about this project

Help me to fund this project!  Please go to my fundraising campaign where you will find all the details:

CLICK HERE FOR THE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

With the help of my friend Chief Nickson Parmisa of Kitengela, Kenya, I will donate a portion of funds raised to a group of Maasai women in Kitengela who struggle to send their daughters to school.

Meet Nickson in this video:

When you donate funds to NAISULA, the theater project, you also help the Maasai ladies of Kitengela.  Some of them are living on less than one dollar a day, and their daughters often do not get a chance to receive an education as the funds are simply not there.  With a little help from YOU, those daughters will receive an academic educaition as well as information on HIV/AIDS, female genital mutilation (which is still practiced among some Masai communities) and forced early marriage.