A Guide for the Homesick ; A conversation with Dr. Monica Onyago from Boston University & Sandra Butler from Massachusetts General Hospital

10/25/2017 South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

Dr. Monica Onayago, clinical assistant professor of global health at Boston University, and Sandra Butler, senior manager of global business strategy at MGH Global Health, will discuss their work in facilitating community health in populations in Uganda and other foreign countries following the 2pm performance of A Guide for the Homesick on Wednesday, October 25. 

Dr. Monica Onyango has over 25 years’ experience in health care delivery and management. At the Department of International Health, she teaches courses in managing disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies, and sexual and reproductive health in disaster settings. Her experience includes Kenya Ministry of Health for 10 years as a nursing officer in management positions at two hospitals and as a lecturer at the Nairobi’s Medical Training College, School of Nursing. Dr. Onyango is also a registered nurse by Massachusetts Board of Nursing. From 1992 to 1998, Dr. Onyango worked as a health team leader with international non-governmental organizations in relief and development in South Sudan, Angola, and a refugee camp in Kenya. In South Sudan and Angola, she facilitated the design and implementation of community based health services where there had been no services for several years. At Kakuma refugee camp in North Western Kenya, she helped design the maternal and child health programs for over 20,000 refugees. Dr, Onyango has also participated in providing training for South Sudanese health workers on emergency obstetrics and neonatal care. In 2011, she co-founded the global nursing caucus (GNC) at BUSPH with a mission to advance the role of nursing in global health practice, education and policy through advocacy, collaboration, engagement, and research. Her current research interests focus on reproductive health, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, health care among populations affected by disasters and the role of nurses and midwives in improving health status of populations globally. She holds a PhD in nursing from Boston College, a master of science (nursing) degree from Boston College, a master in public health degree from Boston University School of Public Health, a diploma in advanced nursing from Nairobi University, a diploma in general nursing and midwifery from Kenya Medical Training College, Nairobi.

Sandra Butler currently works for the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) at Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health. Prior to joining CAMTech, she worked in the USAID foreign aid space for seven years, including two years living in Kampala, Uganda working on infectious disease outbreaks, where she learned the very important life skill of how to bury hippos that have died from anthrax. Upon returning to Boston, she made a move to the private sector and worked on vaccine readiness as part of the US Government’s pandemic preparedness plan. Ms. Butler now lives in Charlestown, loves being lakeside in Maine, and volunteers with the Mayor’s office to train women in salary negotiations as part of the city’s effort to be the first to close the gender pay gap. She is from Concord, Massachusetts, went to Colgate University for her BA, and Boston University School of Public Health for her MPH.



About A Guide for the Homesick

On his way home after a year in East Africa, a young aid worker goes back to a shabby Amsterdam hotel room with a fellow American. The two strangers look for redemption from their pasts and confess their shared fear that they betrayed the people who needed them most. A passionate encounter becomes a chance to confront the truth in this new play by Huntington Playwriting Fellow Ken Urban and directed by Colman Domingo (“Fear the Walking Dead”).

Approximate run time: 75 minutes with no intermission. Please note: This production includes the use of strobe lighting effects.

The Huntington Theatre Company strives to be accessible to everyone, and therefore, we try to offer pricing that works for each individual. A limited number of great orchestra seats are available in every performance for just $25, no strings attached. All other pricing is based upon demand and is subject to change, so book early for the best locations and value.

Ken Urban“It is incredibly meaningful to me that my play about two friends from Boston will premiere here. The Huntington has supported my work since 2007 and being a part of this season feels like coming home.”— Playwright Ken Urban


Colman DomingoKen Urban is one of the most exciting writers and most generous of human beings. The Huntington is a theatre where I've created groundbreaking work with Mary Zimmerman (Journey to the West) and with Lisa Kron (Well). What an exciting time to dive into the deep end of the pool with Ken's latest work A Guide for the Homesick. A home that is built to examine our inner human struggles and global crisis. I am thrilled to be at the helm of this collaboration.— Director Colman Domingo
Peter DuBois“Huntington Playwriting Fellow Ken Urban is a rising star in American playwriting. I was enraptured by this play and the deeply romantic, highly political way it explores the connection between East Africa and Boston. Under the seductively theatrical direction of Colman Domingo, this play is a striking exploration of danger and desire.”— Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois

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