Jersey City Theater Center continues Voices International Theater Festival with ‘Lockdown’ on February 12


The Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) announces a live reading of South African playwright Warren Nebe’s “Lockdown” on Saturday, February 12 at 12:00 p.m. ET The play, directed by Jacquelyn de Villiers, continues the JCTC Festival’s Voices International Theater .

“Lockdown” explores the impact of violence on children, their innate relationship to the healing powers of the natural world, and the importance of children’s voices. Using layers of South African theatrics and cyclical storytelling, Nebe weaves powerful messages of loss and grief, prejudice and violence, fear and love.

“The Voices International Theater Festival connects local and global audiences through shared human experiences. Warren’s play is an incredible example of healing through the power of our imaginations, our stories and our theater. Navigating trauma and finding faith are universal concepts resonating with audiences and artists alike – now more than ever.

The origins of “Lockdown” emerged in the Unga Klara and Drama for Life Writing for Children’s Theater Workshop which included mentorship for writers. Additionally, prominent Swedish playwright, screenwriter and playwright Erik Uddenberg mentored Nebe. The Embassy of Sweden (South Africa) and Arts Research Africa, University of the Witwatersrand supported the project.

Cast and crew
Playwright: Warren Nebe
Director: Jacquelyn de Villiers
Directed by: Gys de Villiers
Cast: Margie Pankhurst as Auntie Maddie (South Africa), Leila Henriques as Mom (South Africa), Tefo Omhile Paya as Taio (Botswana) and Zane Gillion as Anbu (USA).

After “Lockdown”, JCTC will present the play “The Bluebottles” by Deborah Vieyra on Saturday March 12 and “Lazy Boy” by Palesa Mazamisa on Saturday May 14. Both live-streamed performances begin at 12:00 p.m. ET

Tickets ($10) are available for purchase at Accessibility amenities for all events include closed captioning. Additionally, a transcript can be made available in accessible large print or Braille, and sign language interpretation is also available upon request.

About Jersey City Theater Center
Founded in 2006, the Jersey City Theater Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization committed to inspiring conversations about the important issues of our time through the arts.

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