ACIRFA by Aja Houston (1 of 2)

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Today’s episode features part 1 of ACIRFA by Aja Houston, an epic and lyrical play set in a mythic Afro-fantasy world examining ideas of Blackness, colonialism, slavery, and legacy. Aja wrestles with the ramifications of the American slave trade and the stripping of culture, dignity, and history experienced by enslaved African people. But what excited me more than anything else was the fact that Aja chose to situate this theatrical question in a fantasy setting. The exclusion and marginalization of people of color from speculative fiction had been long documented. Genre fiction writers often employ aliens or fantasy races like elves and goblins to address issues of race through allegory, but it’s rare that people of color get to imagine ourselves in these fantastical settings, much less as subjects of those imaginings. So with great excitement, I am proud to present to you, ACIRFA:

Aaliyah was played by Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy

Osi was played by Robert Lee Taylo r

Amani was played by Lori Parquet

Sarai was played by Yeauxlanda Kaye

Jamal and the Judge were played by Anthony Wills Jr.

Lesedi was played by Geri-Nikole Love

and stage directions were read by Adriana Jones

This episode was directed by Heather Cohn

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