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Jagun Fly

by John Oluwole ADEkoje • Directed by Niegel Smith

One African-American family's experience collides Yoruba traditions with contemporary urban experience. Playwright John Oluwole ADEkoje connects the break-up of the African diaspora to inner-city America through ritual and language.

Featuring Ramona Alexander*, Hampton Fluker, Alvin Terry, and Joe Wilson Jr.*

John Oluwole ADEkoje's short play Cry Baby Jones was part of GRIMM (Company One) and was nomainted for an Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Award for Best New Play. He was also nominated for two IRNEs for his play Love Jones. Mr. ADEkoje is a National Award winner of the Kennedy Center ACTF — Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting award for his play Street Hawker, as well as the winner of the National Triennial New Play Competition. He was recently commissioned to write a new play by the Boston Black Theater Collective. He is a recipient of the Brother Thomas Fellowship for this documentary film, Street Soldiers, for which he won the Emerging Filmmakers Award by the Roxbury International Film Festival. Street Soldiers has been shown at the Pan African Film Festival at Cannes, France, and the World Film Festival in Montreal, Canada. He is currently editing his feature film, Knockaround Kids. Mr. Adekoje is a proud recipient of the Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship. He is currently a Playwright in Residence at Company One and UMass Boston and a faculty member in the theatre department at Boston Arts Academy where he teaches playwriting, filmmaking, and directing.

(As of October 2018)

In 2012, the Huntington launched the Summer Workshop, a two-week new work retreat culminating in public readings of the plays in development. The Workshop is modeled after the Sundance Theatre Lab and is an extension of the Huntington’s Playwriting Fellows program and Breaking Ground Reading Series. Huntington Director of New Work Lisa Timmel and Huntington dramaturg Charles Haugland support the writers during the intensive, artist-driven development process, and the festival is produced by Huntington Associate Producer M. Bevin O’Gara.

Artists

  • John Oluwole ADEkoje Playwright John Oluwole ADEkoje Playwright
  • Niegel Smith Director Niegel Smith Director
  • Alvin Terry Ojiji / Drummer Alvin Terry Ojiji / Drummer
  • Ramona AlexanderOyaba
  • Hampton FlukerOmo
  • Joe Wilson Jr.Oba

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