For more than 100 years, immigrants to Minnesota have called Cedar Riverside their first home. Ku soo Dhawaada Xaafadeena (Welcome to Our Neighborhood), an original play created by, for, about and with the people of Cedar Riverside, in collaboration with playwright David Grant, sheds light on the experiences of the thousands of East African immigrants who now call Minnesota home.
Inspired by dozens of personal narratives, which were collected during a series of community story circles organized by Bedlam and Mixed Blood Theatres, the engaging drama weaves together a tapestry of fictionalized stories that will be performed by the Voices of Cedar Riverside Ensemble of emerging East African youth and young adult actors. Ku soo Dhawaada Xaafadeena (Welcome to Our Neighborhood), directed by Bedlam’s John Bueche, will be presented for two weekends: July 23-24 at 7:00pm in conjunction with East African community celebrations, and July 28-31 at 7:00pm. All performances take place at the Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis.