Cooking Oil will perform at the ATX Warehouse in Los Angeles June 6-9, 2013. Your support is invaluable!
About Cooking Oil
Help Us Bring Cooking Oil to Los Angeles
Your donations will make it possible for us to bring the Ugandan and Rwandan casts to Los Angeles for three weeks where they will participate in a residency and rehearsals followed by the U.S. premiere of "Cooking Oil" at Atwater Crossing (ATX). The cast and crew will also engage local organizations, universities, community groups and others in dialogues about key issues in "Cooking Oil."
Your contribution will directly benefit travel for international artists and minimal production expenses. We can use all of the help we can get- so the more contributions are made, the more able we will be to bring the rest of our company- an additional $15,000 expense.
In exchange for your support, we are excited to offer you rewards that will deepen your relationship to Cooking Oil; our artists, public dialogues, and our developing joint aesthetic. Our visiting performers will bring hand-made jewelry and our director is assembling a DIY children's book version of the play. And, we are offering two forms of dining with our company!
"For the past three years, we have been engaged in a conversation that asks deep provoking questions about the relationship between countries that receive aid and countries that give aid. As artists and performers from both these worlds, we question whether the relationship between these countries is equitable, whether the relationship between ourselves as individuals coming from different socio-political and economical backgrounds brought together in the same space by our artistic sensibilities is equitable. “Cooking Oil” has been our compass as we continue to engage with these questions.
The role and place of performance and the arts in the whole debate of democracy, good governance in Sub Saharan Africa, and the whole culture of “receiving” has never been more crucial than it is now. As the internet continues to shrink the world and force us to look one other in the eye and see our own complacency in the prevailing narratives of how the north (America and the west) views the south (Africa) and vice versa; where do we stand as artists? As collaborators on this project, we have allowed our cultures to collide, and as a result, a different narrative informed by an aesthetic we have formed, is being told. Presenting this play in Los Angeles is coming full circle for me, where the writing of “Cooking Oil” all began. We hope that you will be able to join us in this conversation, to support a different narrative, a narrative of peace and reconciliation of cultures and inter-dependence we are trying to tell. Thank you for your generosity and for traveling with us on this journey!"
Deborah Asiimwe, Playwright
Deborah Asiimwe, Playwright
Emily Mendelsohn, Director
Shannon Scrofano, Production Design
Stella Atal, Costume Design
Aubree Lynn, Associate Designer
Miranda Wright, Producer
Rosalind Helfand, Producer, Public Dialogues
Albert Mubiru and Julius Lugaaya, EA Producers
CAST: Esther Tebandeke (UG), Tonny Muwangala (UG), Mazimpaka Jones Kennedy (RWA), Kaya Kagimu Mukasa (UG), Kagusuuru Allen (UG), Kamanzi Samuel (RWA), Nzayisenga Sophie (RWA).