Our current mandiela rAiz’n Ensemble cycle members are graduating!
See all four shows on Sunday, October 19 at 9pm, smack dab in the middle of our afteRock Plays, at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

Disappearing Soul

Created by Roselyn Kelada-Sedra
Devised by Roselyn Kelada-Sedra & David Chinchilla
Movement dramaturge: Matthew Romantini
Consulting director: Beth Laing
Projection designer: Bradley A. Trenaman & Raechel Kula
Sound designer: Camila Diaz-Varela

Through devised movement, hip hop lyrics & Shakespearean text, Disappearing Soul asks the audience to engage with the question: what is love worth after it ends?
Set in War-on-Terror Iraq and Bible Belt America, this play searches through the language of the body, hip-hop, science and Shakespeare to ask the audience to question: What is the value of love if it doesn’t survive everyday life?
Disappearing Soul is an adaptation of Romeo & Juliet.



Concept & Creation by Tijana Spasic
Dramaturgy by Catherine Hernandez

The unfurling of dirty laundry.
A look at how memories serve us.
Definition: “The persistent modification of behaviour based on an animal’s experience”
Desire: “think like a man of action, act like a man of thought” – Henri Bergson


Somebody’s Daughter

Written by Najla Edwards
Dramaturgy by Rehaset

A story of how we can go through our lives without ever seeing our mothers’ as women with hopes, dreams, fears, imperfections and trauma that influence the ways we all move through the world. Follow Nnenne through this musical Spirit guided Rites of Passage journey as she comes face to face with her mothers humanity and herself.



Written & performed by Aracely Reyes
Dramaturgy by Naomi Abiola
Directed by Raquel Ferreira-Rodrigues and Zee Bolad

No one wants to blame the living, because there’s a price that no one wants to pay, because as much as we like it, being alive is really fucking hard, so give it to the dead.”
On the eve of Dia de los muretos, gothic latina Celerina, celebrates her 4th day of the dead with her best friend Lexis, who has died of an apparent suicide. Lexis was a rebel, dark, and wild. And she died goth, but not because of it. If it was that simple, then why is Celerina still standing?
Sometimes we hang our selves, sometimes we are hung by who we think we are. A thoughtful, loving, and bitter sweet one woman show about the stigmas of dark self expression and suicide; because one does not equal the other.