Writer-performer Tanya Shaffer's Let My Enemy Live Long!, a catalogue of her experiences across cultures and colors in Africa, ends May 12 at San Francisco's Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Performances began April 14.
Let My Enemy Live Long!, a title based on a West African proverb and covering Shaffer's dangerous journey up West Africa's Niger River to Timbuktu, premiered at San Francisco's Venue 9 in 1998, then moved to the Eureka Theatre, where it was nominated for a 1999 Bay Area Theatre Critic's Circle Award. Shaffer has previously performed and toured in her solo show Miss America's Daughters and her play Brigadista. A traveler with a taste for exotic and less-traveled destinations, she is a frequent contributor to Salon.com, which will publish "Wanderlust: Real Life Tales of Adventure and Romance," an anthology that will feature some of her work. She is also at work on a book about her travels in West Africa.
Bab Duru Demetrius accompanies Shaffer on several authentic West African instruments and drums. With an African musical background, Demetrius has performed with Joe Henderson, Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock.
Drama-Logue and Bay Area Critic's Circle Award winner Amy Mueller directs. Designing the show are Mikiko Uesegi (sets), Keri Fitch (costumes), Richard Olmsted (lighting) and Matthew Spiro (sound). Elisa Guthertz is the stage manager.