US actor on stage in Mahikeng
RENOWNED American actor, musician, poet and social activist, Antonio David Lyons, will give theatre lovers something to cheer about. Lyons is set to stage his production, We Are Here, at Mmabana Head Office Theatre on Monday.
Described as an engaging and thought-provoking performance, it comprises 16 sketches that express the diversity of male voices. The scenes explore a variety of issues and themes from a distinctly male perspective, among them, the politics of dating in feminist/ post-feminist South Africa, concern for a female friend in an abusive situation, a father’s distress and anger over the rape of his daughter and a young father’s words of guidance to his son. On Tuesday, Lyons will host a capacity building workshop from 9am-1pm for the local developing artists in theatre. Mmabana Foundation spokesperson Trinity Bogosi said although Lyons was born in Florida, US, he relocated to South Africa in 2003.
“He has since been a familiar face on South African TV with roles in various productions such as Generations, Ga re Dumele, The Practice, Jacob’s Cross, Home Affairs, Ubizo: The Calling and many others,” Bogosi said.
“Prior to relocating to South Africa, Lyons was a part of some wonderful projects in the US like The Sum of All Fears, American History X and Hotel Rwanda.” He said Lyons’s show and workshop is hosted by the Mmabana Foundation in collaboration with the US Consulate General in Johannesburg.
The performance starts at 7pm and is free to all who want to attend.