The Mango Tree
Written by and Starring Bibi Mama
Co-directed by Bibi Mama and Claire Simba
The Black Artist Collective and MOXIE Theatre present the Virtual World Premiere of The Mango Tree, a vibrant story of a sister and her brother, a river goddess, and a mango that is just out of reach. Inspired by West African folktales, Bibi Mama’s one-woman show is an homage to the tradition passed down to her by her father and a brave exploration of loss.
Monday, June 14th @ 6 pm
Tuesday, June 15th @ 8:30 pm
Friday, June 18th @ 8:30 pm
Saturday, June 19th @ 6 pm
This is a Pay-What-You-Can event. YOU CHOOSE THE PRICE!
Only ONE TICKET per household is required.
Ticket sales close 10 minutes before each scheduled performance.
You will receive the link to join the performance of your choice 24 hours before the start.
This play is part of the SAY IT LOUD Juneteenth Festival organized by the Black Artist Collective, and it is suitable for all ages.
All female and non-binary Design and Production Team:
Melanie Chen Cole
The Playwright / Performer / Co-director
Bibi Mama is a first generation Beninese-American born and raised in Storrs, Connecticut. She spent the early years of her life observing her father continue the Yoruba oral tradition through storytelling which inspired her love for acting.
To date, Bibi’s work has taken her across the country and Off-Broadway. She has worked primarily in Washington D.C. and New York City and California, where she has just completed an M.F.A. in acting at The University of San Diego/Old Globe. Bibi earned her B.F.A. from Howard University where she majored in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre and minored in Psychology. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Honors Program. In addition to theater, Bibi is also a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified Personal Trainer, fitness model and coach.
Claire Simba received her MFA at the Old Globe/ USD Shiley Graduate Theater program and her B.F.A in Theatre from the Sorbonne University in Paris, France.
Her New York credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Harlem Shakespeare) and Please Bring Balloons (NYCCT). She has appeared regionally in the acclaimed U.S premiere of Clue (Bucks County Playhouse), Twelfth Night (Old Globe Theater), A Christmas Carol, Peter and the Starcatcher and Safe House (Cincinnati Playhouse). Ms. Simba’s television and film credits include Madam Secretary, Shadow of Doubt, Les Pirogues des Hautes Terres (Monte Carlo TV Festival) and Morbayassa (Cannes Film Festival), among others.
The San Diego Black Artist Collective (BAC) strives to facilitate a foundation of support and resources that will provide a sense of community, a safe haven, and a sanctuary for artist development. They are committed to supporting Black Artists in San Diego in producing work that is unapologetic, authentic, and healing to the African American experience across the diaspora.
The Mango Tree is part of SAY IT LOUD, a week-long virtual festival in celebration of Juneteenth, hosted by the BAC in partnership with several San Diego theatres. Each night a different theatre will share a selection of themed programming. Full program and information at www.sdblackartistcollective.com/sayitloud
How Does This Virtual Production Work?
This production is filmed on MOXIE’s stage and the recorded performance is streamed at scheduled performance times.
Each performance includes a pre-show interview with Bibi Mama and her father who is a storyteller and inspired this show.
TICKET DELIVERY: You’ll receive an email with the link and password 24 hours before your performance.
***NOTE that ticket sales close 10 minutes BEFORE the performance starts.***
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This show is made possible by the generous support of: