In my last blog about Houston, I explained how I came to be co-directing a production for my children's school. I was uniquely unqualified for this role. Sure, I'd written and co-directed shows before, but I'd never worked with children. I wasn't a teacher. I hadn't even coached a sports team. The closest I'd come to any sort of kids group facilitation was being a cub scout leader when I lived in Lagos.
A week to write, cast and rehearse a show was a big ask, but was it impossible? Not for a director who's been pitching for three years to secure the opportunity to produce a show. And not for a writer with a script in the wings that she was longing to push onto stage.
During my Lagos years, working with Buddy Agedah, I became the staff writer for Dance & Art Alive under the name Jo Demmer.
Ever suffered from expat loneliness? At some point, most of us go through it. This was my turn. In the most recent blog about my expat journey, A Week in Lagos, I'd reached the end of my time in Lagos and moved to Houston. You might think that after four years in Nigeria, living in the … Continue reading How to be an Unhappy Expat
Continued from Malaria, Kidnapping, Jewels ... The day before I moved from Lagos to Houston, Buddy came to say goodbye. There was a very real possibility I’d never see him again. It was different with our expat friends—we’d likely meet up again somewhere on the international circuit—but this felt permanent. Buddy and I forced smiles and made … Continue reading A Week in Lagos
After Music & Dance on the Lagoon, Buddy and I were full of energy and couldn’t wait to design our next production. My goal was to write a showcase for dancers—singers had musicals, classical dancers had ballet, but where were the stories for ballroom/Latin dancers? Buddy was insistent that we incorporate a social message over … Continue reading Malaria, Kidnapping, Jewels