By WOLE SOYINKA | Directed by TAWIAH M'CARTHY | Venue: Tom Patterson Theatre
In British-occupied Nigeria, a Yoruba king, the Alafin, has died, and it is the duty of his horseman, the Elesin, to accompany him into the afterlife. While lustily enjoying the pleasures of this world, Elesin proudly anticipates his transition to the next - but the sacred ritual is interrupted, resulting in unforeseen tragedy. Inspired by a real-life incident, this Nobel Prize-winning masterpiece celebrates a community striving to uphold its culture in the face of colonial power.
THE GREATER THE HONOUR, THE DEEPER THE SHAME