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Theater/Dance Last Updated: Jul 13th, 2011 - 01:50:31


IN A DAUGHTER'S EYES
By Sis. Pam Africa
Jun 3, 2011, 12:43

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Pam Africa, advocate for convicted Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, recently previewed a new play, “IN A DAUGHTER'S EYES,” which is based on Abu-Jamal’s story and playing in Philadelphia. Here is Africa’s letter about the play, which is described by the InterAct Theatre Company as “an intense and timely new drama inspired by the true story of Mumia Abu-Jamal, an activist and journalist convicted in the 1981 death of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.”


From: Sis. Pam Africa

ONA MOVE! CONCERNING THE PLAY IN A DAUGHTERS EYES-- THE FIRST PREVIEW WAS FRIDAY MAY 27TH. WHEN I HEARD ABOUT IT I WENT TO THE FIRST PREVIEW NITE FRIDAY MAY 27TH. FROM WHAT I READ I WANTED TO BE SURE THAT THIS WAS NOT A SNEAKY HIT PIECE ON OUR BROTHER MUMIA ABU JAMAL AND THE PANTHER ORG.


I WILL NOT TELL YOU ANYTHING ABOUT THE PLAY OTHER THAN I STOOD AND GAVE IT A STANDING OVATION. I MET THE PLAY WRITER A YOUNG 24-YEAR-OLD BLACK MAN AND ALL WHO WAS INVOLVED WITH THE PLAY, THE TWO YOUNG WOMEN IN THE PLAY, ONE WHO PLAYED THE DAUGHTER OF MUMIA ABU JAMAL, THE OTHER WHO PLAYED THE PART OF COP DANIEL FAULKNER DAUGHTER.


THIS IS AS DESCRIBED A TRULY INTENSE DRAMA INSPIRED BY THE TRUE STORY OF MUMIA ABU-JAMAL. OH YES, I WAS SEATED BY A JOURNALIST FROM THE PHILA TRIBUNE WHO AFTER THE PLAY DID A SHORT INTERVIEW WITH ME ASKING ME WHAT I THOUGHT OF THE PLAY, I SAID I WAS THE FIRST TO STAND AND GIVE A LONG STANDING OVATION. I HAD COME TO SEE WHETHER I WILL TELL FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO DEMONSTRATE OR TELL THEM TO COME SEE THIS PLAY FOR THEMSELVES.


SINCE THAT VIEWING, ON SUNDAY MAY29TH I ACCOMPANIED MUMIA'S DAUGHTER GOLDI AND A FRIEND. AT THE END OF THE PLAY WE DECIDED AFTER TAKING PICTURES WITH THE DIRECTOR, PRODUCER PLAYWRIGHT AND THE TWO OUTSTANDING ACTRESSES LYNETTE R. FREEMAN AND KRISTA APPLE, WHOSE DRAMATIZATION OF THIS PLAY KEPT US INTENSE AS IT TOOK YOU ON A EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER RIDE.



THE THIRD TIME I SAW THE PLAY I ACCOMPANIED MUMIA'S WIFE, WADIYA JAMAL, ONE OF MUMIA'S FORMER ATTORNEYS AND TRULY GOOD FRIEND OF THE FAMILY, RACHAEL WOLKINSTEIN, AND ONE OF MUMIA'S FORMER INVESTIGATORS. RACHAEL HAD HER GRANDDAUGHTER WITH HER. ALSO PRESENT WAS TWO TRUSTED MEMBERS OF THE ORIGINAL BLACK PANTHERS {THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT OUR MOVEMENTS AND ORG.} THE TWO PANTHERS WERE BARBARA EASLEY COX, WIFE OF D.C..COX, OUR SISTER GLADYS FROM CHICAGO NOW IN PHILA, TWO SERIOUS SISTAS DATS RIGHT, AND PROFESSOR ROBERT ZELLER AND FRIEND, BOTH LONG TIME FIGHTERS FOR JUSTICE AND A VERY GOOD FRIEND, A SERIOUS ACTIVIST FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND JUSTICE, SISTER OMI RAHIM.


AT THE END OF THE PLAY WE ALL STOOD FOR A WELL DESERVED STANDING OVATION AND TO APPLAUD WITH EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THE PLAY. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE INTERACT THEATER COMPANY WHO TREATED US ALL WITH THE UTMOST RESPECT AND SAW TO IT THAT ALL WHO CAME FOR THE PLAY WERE TREATED WITH RESPECT...........


NOW I WILL BE GOING BACK ON THURS JUNE 9TH WITH OTHER ACTIVISTS COMING FROM OUT OF TOWN WITH PROFESSOR SANDRA JONES, HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST AND ANTI DEATH PENALTY ADVOCATE, TO ATTEND AN ACADEMIC CONFERENCE, SO IF YOU WANT TO JOIN US PLEASE E MAIL ME BEFORE YOU GET YOUR TICKETS CAUSE FOR A GROUP RATE WE CAN GET TICKETS CHEAPER. WE ALSO WILL BE HAVING A FAMILY AND FRIENDS DAY JUNE 12 AT 2PM SO CONTACT ME SOON CAUSE WHEN WE WENT WEDNESDAY JUNE 1ST IT WAS SOLD OUT!!!!!! SO IF YOU PLANNING ON GOING GET WITH ME ASAP, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. ON THE 12TH FOLLOWING THE PLAY THERE WILL BE TIME FOR DISCUSSION.


THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT ......... PAM AFRICA MINISTER OF CONFRONTATION FOR THE MOVE ORGANIZATION AND CHAIRWOMAN OF THE UNCOMPROMISING INTERNATIONAL CONCERNED FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF MUMIA ABU JAMAL


THIS PLAY IS 1 HR. A HALF SO WE SHOULD BE FINISHED BY 3:30 0R 4 PM THEN JOIN US AT THE AFRICAN CELEBRATION ODUNDE A FEW BLOCKS AWAY, MAIN STAGE 23RD AND SOUTH, SEVERAL BLOCKS OF VENDORS STARTING AT 16TH AND SOUTH TO 23RD AND 23RD TO 25TH AND GRAYS FERRY. ANOTHER EVENT YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS SO JOIN US FOR A FULL DAY OF CONSCIOUS UPLIFTMENT AND EDUTAINMENT RISE UP EVERY BODY GET READY TO WORK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


(Sent to SeeingBlack.com by Sis. Marpessa, nattyreb@gmail.com. The InterAct Theatre Company is at 2030 Sansom Street , Philadelphia, PA 19103. Box Office: 215-568-8079)


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