You may think that Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has nothing to do with you or your life, but you'd be wrong. You can find out how post-colonial African politics will dramatically shape the world of the 21st century by attending Fraser Grace's Breakfast With Mugabe at the Lion Theatre on Wednesday, January 15. A post-show talkback with the cast will immediately follow that performance. Dr. James Peterson, director of Africana Studies and associate professor of English at Lehigh University will moderate the discussion, the first in a regular Wednesday-night series.
At 89 years old, Mugabe is the oldest head of state in Africa. He's clung to power in Zimbabwe for 34 years, exerting broad influence over all aspects of life in that country. Now, as rumors of his failing health swirl, Zimbabweans are bracing themselves for the power vacuum that will come from his inevitable demise. This could have huge implications for the stability of the entire continent of Africa, as well as the world at large.
Not a moment too soon, Grace's Breakfast with Mugabe has returned off-Broadway after an initial run last summer at the Signature Center. The official reopening was January 12. The play imagines a series of psychoanalytic sessions between white Zimbabwean doctor Andrew Peric (Ezra Barnes) and Robert Mugabe (Michael Rogers). The encounters between the two men oscillate between cordiality and blood-boiling intensity. TheaterMania hailed the "softly spoken terror" of Rogers' performance.
For his part, moderator Peterson is no stranger to intense and politically charged situations. He's a regular fixture on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. Click below to watch a clip of Peterson sparring with infamous shouting head Bill O'Reilly. If he can hold his own this well on Fox News, Theatre Row should be a piece of cake.