April 04, 2011

CWRU’s Baker-Nord Program Introduces Visiting Ugandan Playwright

George Seremba
George Seremba

Few people live through being shot six times and having a grenade thrown at them. But George Seremba, Ugandan playwright and visiting professor in the Case Western Reserve University Department of English, endured and survived such a horrific event. People can hear about his experience and escape to Kenya during “George Seremba: Theater and the Poetics of Resistance,” a free, public event presented by Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and co-sponsored by The Cleveland Foundation and Cuyahoga County Public Library. Seremba will read excerpts from his play, Come Good Rain, on April 14 at 5 p.m. in Clark Hall 309.

In Come Good Rain, he retells that experience on the night of Dec. 10, 1980, when he was abducted by Milton Obote’s military soldiers and taken into Namanve forest, shot and left to die.  It was a small boy, searching to see if anyone from his village had fallen victim to the gunshots heard during the night, who found Seremba.

During the April 14 event, he also will read from Napoleon on the Nile, a play about three Sudanese refugees who, on the seventh anniversary of their escape from the Sudan, reenact their experiences of escaping the conflicts in their country.

Seremba will spend the next two years teaching at Case Western Reserve University as part of a Creative Fusion grant from The Cleveland Foundation that was awarded to Cuyahoga Country Public Library and Case Western Reserve University. Through this generous grant, Seremba, who received his PhD from Trinity College, Dublin, will teach African plays, playwriting and methodology classes in the English department, offer public programming through Cuyahoga County Public Library, and write and launch new works on Cleveland stages.

During his two-year residency, Seremba will be the Writer in Residence at Cuyahoga County Public Library and will present poetry and playwriting workshops for adults and children, including readings related to the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards and a writing workshop.

Seremba’s talk is part of the yearlong exploration of the humanities and globalism. For more information about this event and future Baker-Nord programs, visit case.edu/humanities or call 216.368.2242.

Posted by: Emily Mayock, April 4, 2011 09:20 AM | News Topics: College of Arts and Sciences

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