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Elmina’s Kitchen

Written By - Kwame Kwei Armah
  • Directed by - Gregg T. Daniel

Lost Studio
130 S. La Brea Avenue

  • Set Designer Gary Lee Reed
  • Costume Designer A. Jeffery Schoenberg
  • Sound Designer David B. Marling
  • Lighting Designer Michael Gend
  • Casting Director Eileen Mack Knight

The play deals with the challenges of single parenthood, the ease with which young black men reject education and the troubled relationships between black Britons and the former colonies they hail from.


  • ""Elmina's Kitchen" is a culturally flavorful experience and riveting entertainment, with its eclectic blend of reality/fantasy." - Don Grigware, Broadway World
  • "Director Gregg T. Daniel's feel for the material yields a lifelike portrait of unrelieved external strife and inner conflicts" - Eric Marchese, LA Theater Review

About the Writer

Kwei-Armah's first play, Bitter Herb (1998), won him a Peggy Ramsay award, and was subsequently put on by the Bristol Old Vic, where he also became writer-in-residence. His Blues Brother, Soul Sister was produced at the Theatre Royal, Bristol, in 1999,[12] and Big Nose was performed in 1999 at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

Kwei-Armah's fifth play, Elmina's Kitchen, premiered in May 2003 at the National Theatre, and was shortlisted in the "Best New Play" category at the 2004 Laurence Olivier Awards. That same year, Kwei-Armah received the Evening Standard Award for the Most Promising New Playwright of 2003. In 2005, he was nominated for a BAFTA award for the television version of Elmina's Kitchen. Walter's War, a drama written by Kwei-Armah and based on the wartime experiences of footballer Walter Tull's life, was made by UK TV channel BBC Four and screened on 9 November 2008 as part of the BBC's "Ninety Years of Remembrance" season in November 2008. Kwei-Armah also had a cameo role in the film.

Kwei-Armah is a member of the board of the National Theatre and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University in 2008, and in 2009 was a judge for the BBC World Service's International Radio Playwriting Competition. On 28 February 2011, he was named as the new artistic director at Baltimore's Center Stage Theatre, replacing Irene Lewis, who served in the position for 19 years. Kwei-Armah is no stranger to Center Stage, where his play Elmina's Kitchen was staged in 2005, followed by Let There Be Love in 2010, and in 2007 he directed Naomi Wallace's Things of Dry Hours.