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Have You Seen Zandile? ()

Produced by

AfriCan Theatre Ensemble

Playwright: Gcina Mhlophe
Director: Bunmi Oyinsan


Burton Auditorium
Workman Theatre
Equity Showcase Theatre


January 30th, 2008 – February 9th, 2008


Zandile is an eight-year old being raised in a city by her grandmother who gives the child the great gift of stories and the magic to transmit them.  In return, the child gives the grandmother a purpose. It is not long before Zandile “finds” a girl her own age. The girl, Bongi, is a creation of Zandile’s imaginative mind. When not playing with Bongi, Zandile transforms her grandmother’s flower bed into a music class, determined to teach the sunflower, the violet and the marigold  to sing. Into this idyllic childhood a white car intrudes; it has come to take Zandile away. The kidnapped girl is forced into a new routine of rules calculated to turn her into a “traditional and proper” woman. Back in the city, Zandile’s grandmother looks in vain for the kidnapped child. Time passes. Zandile grows and her consciousness develops. As soon as she is independent, she goes in search of her grandmother. But is she too late? (


d’bi.young anitafrika Zandile
Joke Silva Gogo (Grandmother) / Lulama / Old Woman
Olivia Duodu Lindiwe

Creative Team

Gcina Mhlophe Playwright
Bunmi Oyinsan Director
Michael J. McLay Lighting Designer
Michael J. McLay Set Designer
Ayo Adewumi Sound Designer
Michael J. McLay Sound Designer
Akufuna Sifuba Music Director
Mimi Amatu Costume Designer
Teddy Masuku Choreographer


Akufuna Sifuba Percussionist


Ayo Adewumi Stage Manager
Michael J. McLay Technical Director
Liziwe Mahashe Cultural Consultant
Liziwe Mahashe Language Coach
Jane McGroty Back Props
Jane McGroty Scenic Painter
Todd Julie Artwork
Niki Poirier Crew
Chris Humphrey Crew
Greg King Photography
Remi Awojide Photography
Modupe Olaogun Producer
Karen Dempster Publicity
Karen Dempster Outreach
Liz White Front of House