This weekend, I borrowed a beautiful African garb from a friend and volunteered for a special Mother's Day performance of the play, Ruined, at Arena Stage in support of the women of the Congo.
Friends of the Congo, in partnership with Arena Stage Theater and the Pulitzer Prize winning play, Ruined, presents a special Mother's Day fundraiser for women in the Congo.
With other volunteers, beautifully dressed in African garbs
I am presented with Congolese cuisine, which I thoroughly enjoyed (as I do all food, lol...)
One of the waitresses said to me, "I can now say I have met the 'Perfect Woman'!" They were so kind and complimentary.
Chatting with Makeda Crane's mother. Makeda was one of the organizers of the event.The Mother's Day celebration was chaired by Dr. Yvonne Seon and Ambassador Shirley Barnes, Former U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar. This special presentation of the play was highlighted by a pre-play reception featuring Congolese cuisine, music, and performers. Special performances were made by songstress Navasha Daya of Fertile Ground (pictured with me above) and Congolese performer Deja Belle.
Renowned author, Marita Golden, shared a literary treat and students from Duke Ellington School of Arts dedicated a special poem to the women of the Congo.
The play, Ruined, was phenomenal. I truly understand its winning an award... It was tough for me to watch at parts, however it did contain much humor and the plot was thoroughly carried out. If you did not see it, the play will be performed through June 5th--for your personal awareness of what is happening in the Congo, please go and see it.
Following the play, the two Congolese beneficiaries of the fundraiser (Association of Widows and Congo Restoration) along with members of the cast participated in a very informative post play discussion. If you knew nothing about the war in Congo, you certainly did after this day...
Mardis and I gladly donated $500 to this important cause. In case you could not join us in DC at Arena Stage, you, too, can still support the two women's organizations working in the Congo who are beneficiaries of this fundraiser by donating here. Or tell Obama and Clinton to send a special envoy to the Congo here! Thank you in advance for your support!