As the statue of imperialist Cecil Rhodes was dismantled at the University of Cape Town, eight students wrote The Fall, charting their experiences as activists who brought down a statue and then grappled with decolonizing what was left standing in its wake: the legacies of race, class, gender, history, and power 24 years after the official end of Apartheid. Political and deeply personal, vibrating with song, dance, and the energy of youth, The Fall comes to DC with the urgency of history being told as it’s created, resonating with America's debates about falling monuments, rising tuition, and “appropriate” ways to fight for long-promised equality.
You’ll appreciate the sensation that you were there, too, at a flash point in the tortured evolution of a troubled land.
Emotionally expressive and powerful.
Driven by the earnestness of young revolutionaries, the ensemble powerfully—and often quite humorously—offers a behind-the-scenes look at the dawning of a movement.
Each action is thrillingly precise.
The Fall is a play forged in the #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall student protest movements, by seven student activists—all people of color—who spent a year on the frontlines, and were invited by the Baxter Theatre Centre to create a play tracing the stories they lived and saw in the work and sacrifices of a new generation of South Africans determined to leave their country changed in ways their parents’ generation did not.Read More
Over the past three years, Studio has partnered with Duke Ellington School of the Arts to offer master classes, discounted tickets, space use, and other resources to DC’s arts high school. As a part of the Local District Tour of The Fall, a play created by actor-activists in their final year in the University of Cape Town’s drama department, Studio took the play to the Ellington campus, where it played to an audience of 500 students, followed by an in-depth post-show conversation about the process, ideas, and implications of the play.Read More
Read and watch interviews with members of The Fall’s creative team: Their process creating the piece, the reception they’ve received, how much their characters reflect their own experiences, and the kinds of work they hope to make next.Read More
As Studio hosts seven student activists who took part in the #RhodesMustFall protests to to take down the statue of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes, we consider the legacy of monuments to the Confederacy (1,740 as of August 2018) and the push to remove or re-contextualize the history around us, here in DC.Read More