Immigration Delays Postpone Michaela Coel's Solo Premiere at Williamstown

News   Immigration Delays Postpone Michaela Coel's Solo Premiere at Williamstown
Michaela Coel's solo show Chewing Gum Dreams, scheduled to have its American premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival on Aug. 12, is being postponed due to immigration delays. Coel was seen in the U.K. National Theatre's acclaimed production of Medea.

"Unfortunately, due to complications with immigration procedure, Michaela Coel isn't able to enter this country in time to open her singular and brilliant show," the festival's artistic director Mandy Greenfield said in a statement. "We hope to be able to present Chewing Gum Dreams in a future Williamstown Theater Festival season." Coel's Chewing Gum Dreams played National Theatre's venue, The Shed, last year. Written and performed by Coel and directed by Nadia Fall, it was the winner of the 2012 Alfred Fagon Award for the best new play by writers of Caribbean and African descent in the U.K.

It was billed as a play that explored various topics including: "Tracey Gordon, the 67 bus, friendship, sex, UK garage, school, music, teachers, friendship, periods, emergency contraceptive, arse and tits, friendship, raves, tampons, white boys, God, money. Friendship. Aaron, Candice, sex and Connor Jones."

Chewing Gum Dreams was scheduled to be performed in repertory with Mike Bartlett’s An Intervention, which will still have its American premiere on Aug. 12 as planned. The work puts personal and political intervention under a magnifying glass. Tickets and more information are available at WTF.

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