The Frogs and Black Snake in Frogsville at the Bowie CPA, Jan 9
The Frogs and Black Snake in Frogsville
Written and directed by Dr. Joe Gbaba and produced by Dehkontee Artists Theatre, Inc. (DATI).
Saturday, January 9, 2016, 7:30pm
Location: Bowie Center for the Performing Arts.
“The Frogs and Black Snake in Frogsville” is an African fireside fable and satire written by American Liberian playwright, theatre director, and actor, Dr. Joe Gbaba. The play seeks to educate and entertain the public about the cultural and historical values of Africa in general and Liberia in particular. It emphasizes the importance of unity among citizens of all nations: “The Frogs and Black Snake in Frogsville” teaches the principles of democracy, and informs about the essence of providing civic education to citizens with respect to the rule of law and good governance. Further, it aims to empower electorates to make informed decisions in the exercise of their franchise during elections period. The play is family friendly: it is designed to educate and entertain children and adults alike, and is filled with fun and excitement! Copies of both the short story and dramatic versions of “The Frogs and Black Snake in Frogsville” will be sold at the door for parents that would like to give a New Year’s gift to their children to introduce them to African literature and storytelling techniques. The narrative edition of “The Frogs and Black Snake in Frogsville” costs $ 25 and the drama edition costs $15.
The production concept of “The Frogs and Black Snake” intersperses both traditional African ballet, music and dancing with state-of-the art acting and directing styles based on the Stanislavskian methods of acting and directing. Residents of Maryland and all those who get a chance to watch this drama during the New Year’s Season will certainly enjoy their money’s worth as there will be several celebrated traditional Liberian artists (dancers, musicians, and skilled drummers) participating in the production.
Dehkontee Artists Theatre, Inc. (DATI) was organized in 1977 at the University of Liberia to educate and entertain the world about the rich and diversified cultures and histories of Africa. Dr. Joe Gbaba is a Liberian American playwright, theatre director, actor, and educator and a household name in the West African nation called Liberia.
Grand Patrons: $50 (includes VIP seating and a copy of “The Frogs and Black Snake in Frogsville” book)
Patrons: $25 (includes VIP seating only)
Senior Citizens: $10
Tickets may be purchased online: http://www.dehkonteeartiststheatreinc.com or at the door.
Inquiries can be made at: (267) 973-1709; (267) 298-7249; (484) 664-8006; (610) 529-1576.
This event has been made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the City of Bowie and the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts.