Oromiya’s Return: The Journey of Lost & Found
by Jerrie Steele
Featuring: Ertra Namarra, Tahir Hassan, Ifrah Mansour, Hamdi Abdujalil, Farrington Llewellyn, Mubarak Hassan, Gada Beshir Roba, and Abdi Wake
Co-Presented by Bedlam Theatre and the West Bank Community Coalition
“Oromiya’s Return” by Jerrie Steele, was inspired by the book “Once Upon a Time in Oromiya (Sheeko Sheeko): An East African Traditional Folktale” told by Lina Abdulaya and her family, with illustrations by Janet Curiel. The one act play is set long ago in the land of Kush, modern day Oromiya in Ethiopia. After the death of Gadaa, a wealthy Oromo family loses everything, including each other, but a special gift from the Kush river and remembering Gadaa brings them together again. Aspects of rich Oromo heritage are highlighted in the play; as well as the growing diaspora of a hopeful people; not only determined to survive, but to continue giving their gifts to the world. Please join us for this celebratory evening with additional storytelling, music, comedy and other cultural events.
Special thanks to the Minnesota Historical Society’s Sharing Community Stories program for their support in making this production.
This activity is funded, in part, by appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund, and its arts and cultural heritage fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.