Art & Heritage Partnerships
In a partnership with the Somali Youth and Family Club, Northwest Folklife, and photographer Doug Plummer, Jack Straw documented the development and production of two Somali cultural performances.
Over several months, the Somali Youth and Family Club developed the script for a 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 the 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:
The Somali Youth and Family Club is a resource for refugees in unincorporated King County. They offer support and services to newcomers to the Seattle area. To learn more, visit www.syouthclub.org.
For more information on this radio series and Jack Straw Cultural Center’s other programs, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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