“ZHE: [noun] Undefined” takes audiences on a journey from Harare, Zimbabwe to the inner city of London, unearthing the realms of gender identity and the human condition. This thought-provoking and sensitive story explores the lives of two British Africans – performed by Antonia Kemi Coker and Tonderai Munyevu – whose differences in gender and orientation intertwine.
“ZHE,” created by Chuck Mike, Antonia Kemi Coker, and Tonderai Munyevu and produced by Collective Artistes, a London-based theatre company, this highly vibrant and truthful tale runs January 10-12 at Firehouse Theatre Project.
Told with the utmost simplicity, this drama courageously dives into the themes of acceptance and self, while exploring the collective struggles of the two. “A critical issue is who decides who is male or female and how do those roles manifest in us as we grow from childhood to adulthood,” said Director Chuck Mike. “This is all embedded in the word Zhe,” which is a gender-neutral term that means not he or she.
Based on true-life experiences, the story sends a message to anyone who has ever felt out of place. “This is our gift to society,” said Mike. “To let those who are vulnerable know they are not alone.”
Mike said “ZHE” is not solely a gay story, but a human one: a celebration of life and a transformational journey. “[The audience] should expect a rollercoaster theatrical experience where they will be vigorously entertained, be thoughtful of what they saw, and hopefully be able to look into the eyes of their fellow man with more love than they ever did before.”
Performances at Firehouse Theatre Project (1609 W. Broad St.)
Thursday, January 10th at 8:00PM
Friday, January 11th at 8:00PM
Saturday, January 12th at 8:00PM