illustration by Leticia Plate

Legbala Is A River

Legbala Is A River, an original, live storytelling event, tells the story of a woman whose doctor-husband volunteers to treat Ebola patients in Liberia, and how she, her marriage, and her family transform in his absence. It is an intimate, lyrical, and achingly honest tale about partnership, motherhood, commitment, separation, spirituality, and the tension between public service and personal sacrifice. This theatrical storytelling event features a retelling of a West African Anansi the Spider story, an immersive space/seating arrangement, as well as live music and illustration performances.

 

85 minutes

"Welden’s production weaves us close into myriad threads and strengths, a tale of many webs. The result of Legbala’s many theatrical parts is a show that’s intimate and earnest, whimsical and acute, with a holistic sense of the scope and ingredients of storymaking." --The Portland Phoenix

"a 'performance event' in which each artist pushes into new creative territory." --The Portland Press Herald/Mainetoday.com

Two-time grant recipient from the Maine Arts Commission.

 

Characters/Performers

  • Actor #1: MT, an engineer in her 40s/ MT’s 10-year-old twin sons, Monkey and Mouse/Her mother. She is the primary storyteller.

  • Actor #2: The Doctor (MT’s husband), 40s-early 50s, a live vocal performance but the actor is not seen by the audience

  • Musician

  • Illustrator

 

Production & Development History

  • Workshop Production: Mayo Street Arts, Portland, ME, June 2017

  • Week-long New Show Incubation Residency at The Celebration Barn Theater, August 2016

  • Workshop readings with Snowlion Rep’s PlayLab program & Dramatic Repertory Company, 2015-2016

Staged Reading
Staged Reading
Lego Monkey & Mouse
Lego Monkey & Mouse
Leti at computer
Leti at computer
Composer Hans making noise
Composer Hans making noise
Director Dan Burson with script
Director Dan Burson with script
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Composer Hans Indigo Spencer
Composer Hans Indigo Spencer
In the River
In the River