(Shoe) Shine Safari

by John Oluwole ADEkoje • Directed by Niegel Smith

Ex-child soldier Shoe Shine wants to escape the violent chaos of his homeland for the comforts of America. But before he can leave, he must face the schemes of imperialist superheroes and naked generals, not to mention the dreams of his scattered family. As the radio remixes news of atrocities with hit singles, (Shoe) Shine Safari pieces together a future from the wreckage of conflict and exploitation.

Featuring Joniece Abbott-Pratt*, Uzo Aduba*, Johnny Lee Davenport*, James Milord, Robert Murphy*, Stephen Tyrone Williams*, Reg Cathey*, and Rock Kohli*.

John Oluwole ADEkoje is playwriting fellow Huntington Theater Company. He was the recipient of The Roxbury International Film Festival’s Local Filmmaker award for his documentary Street Soldiers, which also showed at the Pan African Film Festival in Cannes, France, The World Film Festival in Montreal, as well as the BronzeLens Film Festival in Atlanta and for which he received the Brother Thomas Fellowship Award. Most recently, he was awarded the Emerging Filmmaker Award for Knockaround Kids, his first narrative feature, at the Roxbury International Film Festival. John Oluwole ADEkoje,  teaches theatre and film production at Boston Arts Academy.

(As of Septmeber 2020)

Breaking Ground is the Huntington Theatre Company's reading series, a vital part of our new play development program. This series brings attention to the work of local playwrights and presents national writers into partnership with the Huntington. Over the last seven years, Breaking Ground plays have gone on to appear at the Huntington as well as theatres in Boston, across the country, and internationally. Unless otherwise noted, admission to all Breaking Ground readings is FREE and open to the public.


  • Niegel SmithDirector
  • James MilordRebel
  • Robert MurphyLincoln Douglas
  • Stephen Tyrone WilliamsShoe Shine
  • Reg CatheyGeneral Butt Naked / Rebel
  • Rock KohliThe Broker
  • Libby McKnightReader

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