SUSAN is an intimate performance about Oluo’s mother. Oluo utilizes theatrical techniques from standup to storytelling, and the work includes a large-scale composition for an orchestra. This darkly comedic stage musical explores two intertwining narratives: Oluo’s mother’s life as the white, Midwestern wife of a Nigerian chief and, later, a single mother; and his journey to Nigeria, as an adult, to visit his late father’s village and immerse himself in his heritage for the first time. This multimedia work is an examination of love, loss, race, bodies, resilience, failure, and the limitless, sometimes contradictory, facets of one human being.
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Earlier Event: November 23Multiple Black Artists: In Plain Sight