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Stages Celebrates Haitian Heritage Month with a Repeat Performance of Fatherland


On Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 8 p.m. The Brown Foundation Lawn (The Lawn) at the Gordy will become the perfect setting for an outdoor viewing of Fatherland. The digital project, which utilizes multimedia, was written by Candice D’Meza. It is returning to Stages after its world premiere during this year's Sin Muros: A Latinx Theater Festival just in time for Haitian Heritage Month. The moving presentation explores grief and identity through the eyes of a daughter coming to terms with the death of her absent father.

The recorded production, directed by Houston native Nate Edwards and stage directed by Eboni Bell, merges Haitian spirituality, song, and dance with theatrical performance. It is designed to honor the lives of Haitian ancestors and recognize their complex legacies.

The Lawn opens at 7 p.m. and has been divided into pods for the purpose of social distancing. Each pod can accommodate up to four people. As seating isn’t provided, guests are encouraged to bring blankets and camping chairs. Masks are required upon arrival, but may be removed when seated. Drinks and light snacks will be available for purchase. Fatherland begins at 8 p.m. and runs for about 50 minutes. There will be no intermission. Admission is complimentary.

About Stages

Stages makes plays and tells stories that invite everyone to live more deeply and love more boldly. It holds up a mirror to the community in order to crack open the question: "What does it mean to be human?" Its goals are to advance is artistic potential, activate The Gordy as a hub of theater in Houston, strengthen the creative capacities of Houston theater artists and technicians, and build equity, diversity, and inclusion in its community.

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