When an American, a Russian, and a French spy struggle with friendship, love, self-preservation, and a secret, three becomes a crowd. And somebody must ‘take out’ the garbage. A witty and appetizing entrée served with threats, more threats, and a fine Bordeaux.
That’s the description for “Talk to the Hand”, a dark comedy written by Brenda Iovino in the US and directed by South African Jake Chika.
Talk to the Hand is Brenda’s latest play. While she’s written in other formats, this is the format that she’s most comfortable with. She’s also written a rough draft of a screenplay, several short stories, a novella, and a novel, entitled The Shadow of You.
Jake Chika was born in Lady Selbourne, a shantytown in the outskirts of Pretoria. When Lady Selbourne was demolished through forced removals, his family was moved to Atteridgeville.
He eventually obtained a Drama Diploma from The Federated Union of Black Arts known as FUBA (FUBA was an artistic institution popular with the presentation of analytical and protest theater). He has worked extensively with various established theater companies. He conducts youth empowerment programs that include youth camps where he uses Theatre In Education to guide the youth into responsible adulthood, understanding the impact of HIV/ AIDS in the future of South Africa, as well as moral regeneration.
Brenda and Jake are planning to present Talk to the Hand at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. They are in the midst of fundraising for it. If you want more info on the play and how you can support it, hop on over to http://www.gofundme.com/BrendaIovino
You can also visit Brenda’s website: http://dreamartsproductions.com
Don’t forget to listen to the interview on our Mixcloud page or hop over to Artist First.
In other news:
Ghosts of Tsavo is on sale for $0.99 at Amazon and other online retailers for a limited time only.
Ghosts of Tsavo: Armed with Victorian etiquette, a fully loaded walking stick and a dead husband, Beatrice Knight arrives in colonial Kenya desperate for a pot of tea and a pinch of cinnamon. But she’ll need more than that if she’s to unravel the mystery of the Ghosts of Tsavo without being eaten in the process. All this while surviving the machinations of her best friend’s dashing godfather and the efforts of her safari guide to feed her to any lion willing to drag her away. What is a ghost-chasing widow to do?
This is Case 1 in “Society for Paranormals”: A series concerning dead husbands, African legends and the search for a perfect spot of tea.