Riot in Heaven: musical drama for the voices of color
Widely acclaimed as one of the most important and leading African dramatists, Osonye Tess Onwueme is described by Ngugi wa Thiong'o as daring in her exploration of ideas, exploring themes with a dazzling array of images and proverbs. Traveler-X is a man of African descent at the crossroads of Earth, Heaven and Hell. Each road has its own route/exit. Located, and hauled from time to time is the wagon "Freedom Train" which seems to have broken down. Freedom Train belongs to Sojourner Nkrumah, a woman of African descent. Of the exits, Hell is where the music is. The play shows the struggle of the two characters to create their path for their race to enter Heaven, and the obstacles they face: jefferson Lugard and Stanley Livingstone.
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Affirmative Action African drums Amilika Ancestors begins black card border breaking brother chanting CHORUS Crosses-Crosses-Crosses crossing crossroads dance Dare DAUGHTER dead dream echo Egypt land Eshu Exit eyes face FATHER FATHER/GRIOT/ZIK Freedom Train Freedom Wagon GARVEY MANDELA gates of Heaven give Go down Moses God's own country green card hand hard hear Heavensgate hell History's art Igbo JAH ORISHA LADY JEFFERSON LUGARD laughing light lock looks LORD JEFFERSON LUGARD madness mask Middle Passage Mighty MOTHER motherless child never Nigeria Onwueme paid my dues passage pause play Politricks race Rejected Ride Riot rise road screaming seasons silence the drums singing sister sistu SOJOURNER NKRUMAH SOLO Sometimes I feel soul Soul Train STANLEY LIVINGSTONE Stop struggling tell Tess tired TRAVELER TRAVELER-X trying UNSEEN voices vacation with Peter Voices of color Watch woman