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Our Lady of Kibeho

Written By - Katori Hall

Zephyr Theatre
7456 Melrose Ave Los Angeles , CA 90046

  • Dramaturgy by Dylan Southard
  • Dialect Work by Andrea Odinov Fuller
  • Casting by Victoria Hoffman
  • Stage Managed by Summer Grubaugh

In 1981, at Kibeho College in Rwanda, a young girl claims to have seen the Virgin Mary. Disbelieved both by her superiors and herby classmates, the girl -- Alphonsine -- is repeatedly ostracized, and scolded, out of fear. But when another student, Anathalie, also begins to witness the visions, and the impossible seems to come true through seeming acts of God, the tide begins to turn. In a tumult of fear, disbelief, and great acts of faith, a tiny town in Rwanda is placed in the center of a raging firestorm on the verge of explosion. Based on a remarkable true story, Our Lady of Kibeho is a striking, powerful meditation on faith, belief, and everyday miracles.

About the Writer

KATORI HALL is a playwright/performer from Memphis, TN. Hall’s plays include: The Mountaintop (2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play), which ran on Broadway at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson, Hurt Village (2011 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Signature Theatre), Children of Killers (National Theatre, UK and Castillo Theatre, NYC),Hoodoo Love (Cherry Lane Theatre), Remembrance (Women’s Project),Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, WHADDABLOODCLOT!!! (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature Theatre) and Pussy Valley (Mixed Blood). Her awards include the Lark Play Development Center Playwrights of New York (PoNY) Fellowship, the ARENA Stage American Voices New Play Residency, the Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship, two Lecomte du Nouy Prizes from Lincoln Center, the Fellowship of Southern Writers Bryan Family Award in Drama, a NYFA Fellowship, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, the Columbia University John Jay Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement, the Otto Rene Castillo Award for Political Theatre, and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Playwriting Award. Hall’s journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, UK’s The Guardian, Essence and The Commercial Appeal, including contributing reporting for Newsweek. The Mountaintop and Katori Hall: Plays One are published by Methuen Drama. Hall is an alumna of the Lark Playwrights’ Workshop, where she developed The Mountaintop and Our Lady of Kibeho, and a graduate of Columbia University, the A.R.T. at Harvard University, and the Juilliard School.

Featuring

  • Veralyn Jones