Events downtown

May 16

Requiem for an Electric Chair – Presented in collaboration with Portland High School, Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center and Indigo Arts Alliance John Ford Auditorium - Portland High School | 284 Cumberland Avenue 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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“Requiem for an Electric Chair is a work of catharsis and witness, a way of both processing [Toto Kisaku’s] own trauma and alerting the world to the suffering of others.”


With a gun to his head, Toto Kisaku was moments away from being killed when his executioner showed him a moment of mercy. “I cannot kill you, because I know you.” This simple sentence was the saving grace for award-winning playwright Toto Kisaku. It was also the moment that inspired his latest play. Set in an illegal detention center, Requiem for an Electric Chair is a powerful and unforgettable solo, multimedia performance about Kisaku’s escape from persecution. Recognized in his native Democratic Republic of Congo for creating theater that shines a bright light on injustices, Kisaku is a masterful storyteller whose work has been presented at festivals around the world.