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Holy, Seductive Dance. written and directed by Cal State LA alum, and adjunct faculty in Pan African Studies, Staci Mitchell. This play is an adaptation of the novel, Anthills of the Savannah, by Chinua Achebe.
Holy, Seductive Dance is a about the binary of the feminine and the masculine; the educated and the ignorant; the ideologies of Black and White; and the tensions observed in religion. Set in Africa-America, and featuring a robust cast and community, this play explores the subtle complexities and also the magnificence of relationships between several women via a spectrum of class, age, race, spiritual and religious beliefs. Parallel to this gentle weaving of sisterhood, HSD exposes the corruptive nature of misdirected power as three boyhood friends have ascended to the highest political and societal ranks. These three men attempt to lead, serve and inform the people. But from the country to the college campuses, the people are intent on having their own say. Africa-America is a developing consciousness still governed by the same practices, laws, and fears that made it necessary. All of these ideologies, old and new, are determined to ruthlessly collide. What remains is a new vision of family and home.