In the Freedom of Dreams: The Story of Nelson Mandela

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Playwrights Canada Press, 2005 - Drama - 67 pages
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In the Freedom of Dreams, The Story of Nelson Mandela is more than just a play about this great man's fight against deplorable injustice. It's about the power of a collective vision of humanity that can change the world. Through words, stories, music, and dance, the play explores the vivid world of Rolihlahla Nelson Madiba Mandela's childhood in the village of Qunu. It takes us to the rough and tumble world of Johannesburg in the years before World War II, the harshnes of the Robben Island prison and finally to the corridors of power.
The play not only illuminates Mandela's public role as a freedom fighter for his people, it speaks about his love affair with justice and to the cause, and how this affair of the heart affected the dreams of the people around him. We see him as a fighter and humanitarian, but also as a father, son, husband, and brother.
In the Freedom of Dreams, The Story of Nelson Mandela is a play about a little boy whose only dream was to become the stick-fighting champion of his village and how the forces of history created circumstances and hardships that forced him to make his personal dreams for himself grow into the dreams of a nation and the world.

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Born in Germany, raised in the US, and living in Canada for more than twenty years, Michael A. Miller is a playwright who has created a diverse range of plays for audiences of all ages. Michael has been the playwright in residence at both Factory Theatre and Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People. For two seasons he was the coordinator of the CrossCurrents Festival whose mission was to bring works by writers of colour to the mainstage. He has been the artistic director of Theatre Fountainhead and the administrator for Obsidian Theatre Company. Most recently he was the artistic director of Omiala, A Festival of New Black Culture at Harbourfront. He has won the prestigious Chalmers Canadian Play Award for excellence in playwriting, and been nominated for outstanding work by the Writers Guild of Great Britain. His latest play, Touch the Sky, premiered at Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People in February 2008.

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