The first stops for the return engagement will be the South African National Arts Festival in Grahamstown (July 1-7) and the National Schools Festival (July 9-13). Additional South African dates include performances in Cape Town and Mafikeng as well as workshops at Mmabana Cultural Centre, the University of Pretoria, Witbank Arts Centre and the University of Limpopo. The final stop will be the Women's Festival in Durban.
"In the Continuum dramatizes the devastating problem of HIV/AIDS among African and African-American women that has reached an all time high both in the US and Africa," according to show materials. The show's co-creators portray numerous characters in two parallel stories — a married Zimbabwean woman and a 19-year-old girl from South Central Los Angeles — in this tale told from a woman's perspective.
Primary Stages in association with the Perry Street Theatre and Patrick Blake and Cheryl Wiesenfeld presented the acclaimed production that ran Off-Broadway. Robert O'Hara staged the work that has also performed in Harare, Zimbabwe; Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa; the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland; Washington, D.C.; Cincinnati, OH; Los Angeles, CA; New Haven, CT; Philadelphia, PA; and Chicago, IL.
Salter, born and raised in Los Angeles, penned and performs the work with Gurira, who was born in the U.S. and raised in Zimbabwe.
Director O'Hara wrote and directed the world premiere of Insurrection: Holding History at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater (the 1996 Oppenheimer Award for Best New American Play Debut). His credits also include American Ma(u)l (The Culture Project); an adaptation of Beowulf into a funk/rock musical for Seattle Repertory Theater; and the new works Raw Pearl (a musical based on the life of Pearl Bailey) and Antebellum (a new play which Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose appeared in in developmental readings).