Hygienic Theaterwerks, a subset of Hygienic Art, Inc. is presenting its fourth professional world primiere production of a regional playwright, “Raspberry” byJames Stidfole, at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT on April 5, 6 and 7 at 8:00 PM.
This production, however, is unique in that it is a fundraiser for a middle school in Dano, Burkina Faso, Africa (the third poorest country on earth).
Burkina Faso (formerly the French protectorate of Upper Volta) is a land-locked country in north central Africa with a population of 15.6 million people. The Lycee we, of Hygienic Theaterwerks, seek to support was created in 2006 by Dr. Eric Some in recognition that a country in which the average education stops at age eleven is simply not sustainable in the Twenty-First Century. With a present student population of 130, this school is set in a rural area of the country in which students must walk several miles each way to get to class.
Dr. Some is working to solve this problem by building (with his own money) a set of dormatories so that the students can stay for the Monday through Friday classes. Dr. Some, however, does not have the personal resources to outfit a kitchen to feed the students for their five day stay each week.
Initially Dr. Some and Hygienic Theaterwerks talked of a program to support food acquisition on an annual basis. We came to believe that providing the equipment infrastructure in a kitchen environment, thus permitting the preparation of indigineous foods over the long term, would be a better value for donated America dollars.
To reserve seats for this fundraiser production, please contact either Hygienic Art, Inc. at (860) 443-8001, or Hygienic Theaterwerks at (860) 442-4020. The April 5 “gate” will be totally dedicated to the Dano, Burkina Faso Lycee ($20 per person). Dr. Some will be the featured speaker after this performance for an audience “talk back.” The April 6 and 7 performances will be $12 per person with requested donations toward the Lycee in addition. Seats are limited to 110 persons per night. Reservations are suggested.
Because Hygienic Theaterwerks does not have an electronic link at the O’Neill, cash or checks are requested.