Two lucky Port Of Harlem readers and their friend can get ready to see "The Fall" at Washington’s Studio Theater for free. The progressive theater company is bringing the visiting production from South Africa. The 80-minute play tells the stories of students at the University of Cape Town during the fall of the Cecil Rhodes statue in 2015.
Eight students wrote "The Fall," as the statue of imperialist/White supremacist Cecil Rhodes was dismantled at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The play charts the students experiences as activists who brought down a statue and then grappled with decolonizing what was left standing in its wake: the legacies of race, class, gender, history, and power 24 years after the official end of Apartheid.
Politically and deeply personal, vibrating with song, dance, and the energy of youth, "The Fall" comes to DC with the urgency of history being told as it’s created, resonating with America's debates about falling monuments, rising tuition, and appropriate ways to fight for long-promised equality.