Second Stage:

Nine Lives

Performance Dates:
June 11, 17, 19, 25 at 7:30 pm
June 13 & 27 at 2 pm

Nine Lives is the second play from Zimbabwe born playwright Zodwa Nyoni.  It concerns the journey of a young gay African man who is seeking asylum in the UK.  The young man, Ishmael, lives out of a suitcase.  As he struggles to convince the government of his need for asylum, he comes to see the UK as a cold, aloof and heartless place.  Until he meets a young woman from the wrong side of the tracks.  A single mother with a low-paying job, she represents for him a lifeline to the future.  But how can their friendship ever be what each needs it to be?  When it premiered in 2016, the press said “This is a snapshot, but it’s a truthful one and suggests that Nyoni,  is a playwright well worth watching.”

NOTE:  30 tickets will be available for each live performance.  We will sell livestreaming tickets for each date’s performance.

Estimated run time: 1.25 hours.

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