Oct 17, 2018
Hey Squad. My name is Makambe K Simamba, and I am the playwright and performer of Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers, which premieres at b current on April 11th, 2019. This piece invites an audience to grapple with the last moments of an infamous slain American teenager. It asks us to think about whose lives matter, and to experience what happens when one of the males in our community, perhaps a father, a son, a lover, or a little brother is taken.
Black lives matter.
And my intention with Our Fathers… is not to prove, but to honour this truth. I’ve spent the last few weeks penning my final draft, but something was missing. I suddenly felt a strong impulse to connect with the people who birthed this movement and the land on which they exist. This impulse kept me up at night. Before I know it (like literally days before), flights and accommodations are booked, and I’m standing in front of a mirror at the Calgary International Airport because I guess I’m the Queen of YOLO like that. That’s right, I’m leaving Canada for ten days and heading to the U.S. of A! I’m not exactly sure what I will find or how to articulate what I’m looking for, but I know for sure that I have to do this.
Here are 7 things I want you to know about me:
Over the next ten days, I’ll be doing hell of a lot of writing. Other than that, here are 7 things I promise
to do on my travels:
I will be documenting my self funded journey over the coming days, so please follow this blog to keep up with my adventures, musings, and discoveries :)
Bye bye, Calgary! First stop: Ferguson, Missouri.