In a partnership with the Somali Youth and Family Club, Northwest Folklife, and photographer Doug Plummer, Jack Straw Productions documented the development and production of two Somali cultural performances. Working closely with the partners, the Somali Youth and Family Club embarked on a special project to bring the Somali community together and showcase their culture.
Over several months, the Somali Youth and Family Club developed the script for the play, recruited a cast of Somali youth, held rehearsals, and booked venues. All of this hard work culminated in two audience-filled performances; the first in a community gym at Creston Point in South Seattle and the second at Renton's Carco Theatre.
The play, called "Jaleecadii Muxubada," means the last, wistful glance to a loved one while saying goodbye. The story centers around a young couple from different clans. Their families oppose the relationship, but they stay together through hardship and separation. They eventually reunite in Seattle where their community accepts and supports them. The performance includes traditional Somali music and dance and performers appear in Somali dress.
The Somali project is featured in a five-part radio series, Until We Meet Again, which aired on KBCS 91.3 FM from January 28 - February 1, 2013. You can listen to the pieces online here: