The Voice of a Dream by Mũmbi Kaigwa


Documentary Theatre bears witness to a moment in time; a distillation of interviews that the playwright conducts and records for performance. The style ensures that the reality of the people and events described cannot be denied. They are actual people describing actual events as they saw and understood them.

This form has been made popular by such wonderful playwrights as Anna Deavere Smith (Twilight: Los Angeles 1990), Emily Mann (Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters’ First 100 Years, Greensboro, Still Life, Annulla: An Autobiography), Charlayne Woodard (Neat, Pretty Fire, In Real Life), Tammy Anderson (I Don’t Wanna Play House), Anna Yen and Lisa Kron (2.5 Minute Ride, Well).

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