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The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely ()

Produced by

Ngozika Productions and Pandemic Theatre

Presented by

The SummerWorks Performance Festival

Playwright: Ngozi Paul
Director: d’bi.young anitafrika


Factory Studio Theatre


August 8th, 2015 – August 16th, 2015


The play follows Lovely on a search for love. We meet Lovely at different stages of development and at pivotal moments in her life as they relate to her understand- ing of herself as a Black woman, especially with the awakening of sexual identity. Her relationship with her body, men and sex becomes a trap she cannot see to escape–but how did she get there in the first place? Moving in and out of space and time we discover the generational reasons behind her confusion. The play mirrors personal stories with historical content and places them in a cultural and pop cultural modern context. Interweaving the story of Sarah Baartman (The Venus Hottentot) as a symbol for the historical image of black women’s sexuality, Lovely’s confusion, anger, cynicism and heartache resonate with Sarah’s experience, creating an echo effect. From the 21st century twerk to the “faux-cul” of the 19th century. We travel a musical landscape using movement, sound, dance and projection while reexamining our relationship with ourselves, our sex and the dark matter that binds us all. Lovely discovers that she has the power to break the cycle and become free, rejecting the image of herself that she’s been buying into, looking for self love and emancipation on her journey. (


Ngozi Paul Performer

Creative Team

Ngozi Paul Playwright
d’bi.young anitafrika Director
L’Oqenz Composer
Waleed Abdulhamid Composer
Roger C. Jeffrey Choreographer
d’bi.young anitafrika Dramaturge
Roger C. Jeffrey Assistant Director
Catherine Foster Assistant Choreographer
Jeannette Linton Costume Designer / Stylist
Chris Malkowski Lighting Designer


Waleed Abdulhamid Musician
L’Oqenz Musician


Brett Haynes Stage Manager
Amelia Sargisson Publicity
Ross “Flips” I. Graphic Designer
Jivesh Parasram Associate Producer


Bryan Eaton Venue Technician
Debbie Courchene Venue Technician