We are excited to be opening our first mainstage shows of the first annual Women’s Theatre Festival of North Carolina, our premiere-premiere if you will. First up, we have a pair of one act plays, The Traditionalists and Men Always Leave, which will be presented at the Umstead Park United Church of Christ running August 6, 7 and 12, 13, and 14. Click here for specific times.
Men Always Leave is a semi-autobiographical one act play written and directed by Naima Yetunde Ince. It evolved from the base of a spoken word poem written in 2006 and adapted for stage in 2009.
Synopsis - Maya is at a crossroads in determining her future-but her biggest priority is ensuring a positive future for her son, Hakeem. Weighing her options is not the only influence on Maya's choice. She must come face to face with the pain of her past in order to move out of this stasis that has her life on hold.
Because the play has under gone this evolution from spoken word to one act, we have decided to provide the audience the unique opportunity to see it as both. The first weekend of productions will feature Naima Yetunde Ince and Tha Materials. A Spoken work, theatrical performance prelude to the anticipated One Act Play Men Always Leave. This will showcase the work in its original form with a live band and other poems written on the same topic. The second weekend will show the one act as it is now, in its published format. Not only will this expose audiences to steps in the creative process but it also shows off the reflection and maturity of an author revisiting her work and the events of her own life.
Ince is no stranger to the stage. She has been involved with theatre for 10 years, has a BA in drama and a Masters in Arts Management. In her own words, “I find myself in many different roles most recent have been stage manager and actress… I am just excited to have the opportunity to showcase my skills as not only a triple threat, but as a creative director/organizer.”
Ince has also been a big contributor within the greater Festival serving on the Educational Committee and she provided work performed at the Occupy the Stage Event. About the festival, she says “This organization means the world to me. The Women's Theater Festival, not only gives me a platform, it provides a platform for many other women in theater.”
Free child care will be provided during Men Always Leave/The Traditionalists by the creative team from Seed Art Share for "Share the Show" coordinating programming. We will play age-appropriate theater games, make a craft, and enjoy storytelling activities based on the theme of kindness and family. Pre-registration is encouraged.
You won’t want to miss Men Always Leave presents alongside The Traditionalists at UPUCC. Click here for tickets. If you would like to purchase the script to Men Always Leave it is now available for sale at Barnes & Noble and online at Amazon.com.