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"Who brought us here ?" 

 

Toto Kisaku’s body is a straight line from his left toe to his second finger, steady and raised skyward. His arm has transformed into an instrument of terror. A gun has just been pressed to his temple, and then pushed away from his face. He thinks, for the first time in a week, that he may survive this. He may. 

Judy Sirota Rosenthal Photo                                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"We Could Not Shut Up"

"The problem is, they are telling us to shut up, because it's theater, we could not shut up, because it's art, we could not shut up, we could not close our mouths. We are supposed to tell what happened and why we became the enemy of the maestro and also the invisible hand."

WNPR

Congolese Actor Toto Kisaku On How Theater Saved His Life

 

Photo Credit: Judy Sirota Rosenthal

TownTimes Watertown

Mr. Kisaku arrived in the U.S. at the end of 2015 having narrowly escaped execution in the Democratic Republic of Congo for using his theater projects to raise awareness of social justice issues.  Currently a resident of Middletown, he is a 2010 recipient of the Freedom to Create Prize, which is awarded to artists who strive for social change in places where there is no “freedom to create.”  In June his new play, Requiem for an Electric Chair, will debut at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven.  

 

 

Credit photo Leigh Busby