Our 42nd WWSF Meetup event took us to Ubuntu Theater Project for the first time to see Lisa Ramirez’s To the Bone. Founded in Oakland in 2012, the Ubuntu Theater Project is a collection of artists that are committed to creating compelling works that unearth the human condition and unite diverse audiences through revelatory, heart-pounding theater. Ubuntu is a Zulu proverb that means ‘I am because we are’ and ‘I am a person through other people. My humanity is tied to yours.’
To the Bone tells the stories of five undocumented immigrant women as they struggle to survive while working at a poultry factory. This timely, textured drama from playwright Lisa Ramirez is inspired by interviews with workers at an upstate New York poultry factory and serves as a fierce and fervent cry for women’s rights, immigrants’ rights and ultimately human rights.
Female artists on this project include: Lisa Ramirez (playwright/actor), Juliana Aiden, Wilma Bonet, Carla Gallardo, and Sarita Ocón (actors), Katherine Nowacki (costumes), and Stephanie Johnson (lights). More about the show and the company here.
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