Opened Nov 17, 2011
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
unFRAMED is the poetic tale of life as an immigrant in America - a journey from boyhood in Antigua to manhood in America. Using canvas, paint, poetry, prose and song, Iyaba Ibo Mandingo tells a story of his transformation - from "Mommy Me No Wanna Go Merrica" - a prophetic piece that hints at the many trials he will face in a new land - to his powerful political poetry which leads to his arrest and attempted deportation in post 9/11 America, Iyaba shares his rage, his determination, and his hope while he paints his self-portrait and successfully struggles to redefine his humanity, rediscover his smile, and truly accept himself for the first time. Winner of the 2011 Excellence in Theater Award from the DC Black Theater Festival.