At the Golden Arrow Studio from August 28 to September 13, the compelling double bill of Florence and Wine in the Wilderness marks the South African premiere of both pieces, carefully chosen to pay tribute to black women who should not be defined by a single limited image or narrative.
The cast of six is made up of Zoleka Helesi (Karoo Moose, Mies Julie), Daneel van der Walt (Rocky Horror Show, Taming of the Shrew), Apollo Ntshoko (Samson, John Kani’s Missing), Marty Kintu (When Swallows Cry, The Looming Tower), Indalo Bennet (Faint Paint of Light, Rock to the Core) and Sizwesandile Mnisi (The Fall, Aunty Merle: The Musical).
Alice Childress was an American novelist, playwright and actress, widely acknowledged as the only African-American woman to have written, produced and published plays for four decades and the first to win an Obie Award.
She was a beacon of hope, known for opening doors for many black playwrights, actors and producers such as Ntozake Shange and Lorraine Hansberry. She also became actively involved in social justice causes and formed an off-Broadway union for actors.