This November, playwright Sefi Atta and theatre director Patrick-Jude Oteh team up for the production of “Last Stand,” featuring the acclaimed Jos Repertory Theatre.
“Last Stand” is the first in a new series of modern Nigerian family dramas written by Atta, and the play is about a battle of wills between a dying general and his estranged heirs.
When General Mashood Balogun on his deathbed decides to leave his estate to his first son Rotimi, bypassing his daughters, he creates an uproar in his family. Rotimi, a medical doctor, refuses to step into his father’s shoes, and his father stands firm in his bid to make Rotimi his successor.
As the Balogun family conflict plays out, Rotimi in the end is forced to look after his dying father. But who will win the final face-off between father and son?
“Last Stand” premieres @
Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014
3 p.m. and 6 p.m
Tickets are available at Terra Kulture and Quintessence.
Patrick-Jude Oteh is a trained theatre director and holds a Master of Theatre Arts and a Master of International Law and Diplomacy, with an emphasis on international economic law. He is the founding artistic director of the Jos Repertory Theatre as well as the festival producer of the annual Jos Festival of Theatre currently in its ninth season. He holds fellowships with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C., the Brademas Center for the Study of Congress at New York University, and the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP).
Sefi Atta is the author of novels “Everything Good Will Come” (2005), “Swallow” (2010), “A Bit of Difference” (2013), and the short story collection “News From Home” (2010). Her radio plays have been broadcast by BBC Radio, and her stage plays have been produced internationally. Her recent stage credits include her one-act plays “The Naming Ceremony,” which was directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa and premiered at London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East in 2012, and “Hagel auf Zamfara,” which was directed by Nick Monu and finished its two-year run at Germany’s Theatre Krefeld in 2013