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'The Mango Tree' At The Say It Loud Festival


  • WHEN Multiple dates from Jun 14 - Jun 19, 2021[days & times]
  • WHERE Virtual
  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free

'The Mango Tree'
San Diego-based playwright, performer and storyteller Bibi Mama's new one-person play is now on view as part of the Say It Loud Juneteenth Festival. Produced, staged and filmed by Moxie Theatre, it's a play Mama wrote when putting together her thesis in graduate school — she was part of the MFA program at University of San Diego and The Old Globe. Her work is informed in part by her upbringing as not only a first generation Beninese-American, but as the daughter of Raouf Mama, iconic storyteller and writer. In "The Mango Tree," the story is a blend of West African folk tale traditions, magic and a reckoning with Mama's personal grief.

It's just twenty minutes, but it's a gorgeous twenty minutes. Mama's writing and performance is engaging, imaginative and powerful; she commands the stage but also feels like she's just talking directly to me.

In the discussion between Mama and Moxie's Jennifer Eve Thorn (plus, a special guest, Raouf Mama) immediately following the performance, Mama said she's hopeful this play will be part of a series of similar folk-inspired short plays.

Details: Streams online Friday, June 18 at 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 19 at 6 p.m. Free/donation based.

Don't miss the rest of the Say It Loud Juneteenth Festival. Saturday at noon at The Old Globe's outdoor festival stage is a Juneteenth AXIS event featuring San Diego Black Artist Collective performers. Then at 1 p.m., head across Balboa Park to the Pepper Grove playground area, just southeast of the Fleet, for the second annual Artists 4 Black Lives event, with musical performances, scenes from plays performed on stage and more. Both events are free. Check out our feature on the Say It Loud Juneteenth festival here, and our interview with San Diego Black Artist Collective president Joy Yvonne Jones.
--Julia Dixon Evans, KPBS

From the organizers:
Tickets for the virtual performances of "The Mango Tree" during the Say It Loud Juneteenth Festival are pay-what-you-can. You decide the price! "The Mango Tree" was written and directed by Bibi Mama and co-directed by Claire SImba. Proceedings support MOXIE’s ability to bring you new and engaging content, and our ability to continue paying local artists.

Please note that online ticket sales close 10 minutes before each performance. For last minute tickets call our box office at (858) 598 7620. The show was filmed on MOXIE’s stage and the recording will be presented virtually on HopIn at scheduled times. You will receive the link to the performance of you choice 24 hours prior to the beginning of the show.

Performances will be followed by a post-show conversation with the playwright and performer Bibi Mama and her father Dr. Raouf Mama, an award-winning storyteller and best-selling author.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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