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Calarts International Collaboration Leads to Conversation about East Africa's Women

June 5, 2013
Ms. Magazine

By Anita Little

Cooking Oil Sparks Conversation on East Africa’s Women

Art can often be the most striking medium for inspiring change and sparking dialogue, and artists in the developing world are harnessing this power to see that their stories are told on a global scale. One recent dialogue-sparker is the play Cooking Oil, written by award-winning Ugandan playwright Deborah Asiimwe, which makes its U.S. premiere this June under the direction of Fulbright Fellow Emily Mendelsohn.

The play, a product of a six-year collaboration between artists at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, the Ishyo Art Center in Kigali, Rwanda and Uganda’s National Theater in Kampala, features cast members from Uganda, Rwanda and the United States. After each performance, public discussion of topics brought up in the play is encouraged. Read More

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