TRAIN TO 2010 Playwright at Metuchen Public Library Tomorrow Night

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UMKC Train 13.jpgThe Friends of the Metuchen Public Library will host an unique discussion of the upcoming Crossroads Theater of New Brunswick's production of Train to 2010, by Sibusiso Mamba on Wednesday night, September 29th at 7:30 PM in the Community Room of the library. The playwright is expected to be there as well as Crossroads' Managing Director Marshall Jones.

TRAIN TO 2010 was commissioned by the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and is being produced in conjunction with the World Theatre Lab, the Market Theatre of Johannesburg and the Crossroads Theatre Company of New Brunswick.  The play begins previews at Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick on October 13th.

TRAIN TO 2010 concerns two laborers who are working to complete an underground tunnel for a new fast train transportation system as South Africa nervously prepares to host international soccer's largest event, the 2010 World Cup.  The workers become prisoners on a metaphorical fast train whose destination is the "new" South Africa.  The play explores the affects of the enormous political power shift in that country and what happens when one can no longer blame the "other" for societal inequities.  The play's director Ricardo Kahn says the play is about "the triumph of the human spirit over darkness, and the passions of a people, who against all odds seek the dream of a rainbow world."

The playwright Sibusiso Mamba was born in the Kingdom of Swaziland.  His mother was South African, so, as a child, he spent time in both countries.  He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.  He is an actor, playwright, screenwriter and producer.  He has co-created and written for many television series in South Africa.   His radio plays have aired on BBC Radio.  Mr. Mamba has lectured on drama at the University of Witwatesrand in Johannesburg and is a Trustee of the Interactive Themba Theatre of South Africa, an organization that uses theatre to combat stigma, create dialogue and influence behavioral change with regard to HIV/AIDS.  He currently lives in England.

The Friends of the Metuchen Library invite the public to meet the playwright and hear about the international play development process on Wednesday, September 29th at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Metuchen Public Library located at 480 Middlesex Avenue (Route 27) in Metuchen, next to the Metuchen Borough Hall.  For further information call (732) 632-8526.

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