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Black History Month and Women’s Month celebrated through theatre at Loyola

Loyola press release - February 26, 2008

Dr. Maryse Condé, acclaimed creative writer from the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, will visit Loyola University New Orleans on March 6, for the staging of her play, Comme Deux Frères (Like Two Brothers), followed by a public lecture, Mapping the New Frontier: New Identities & New Fraternities in the Time of Globalization. The two events, celebrating Black History Month and Women’s Month, will take place in the J. Roussel Performance Hall of Loyola University, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and 8:00-9:00 p.m., respectively.

Comme Deux Frères is a tragedy that recounts the story of two childhood friends who find themselves imprisoned on the eve of their trial. They were both arrested for crimes involving bloodshed. As they plan how to present their case to their lawyer, little by little their discussion turns to argument. They reflect upon their past sins, relive past loves and open old wounds. What stands out in this play is the mixture of laughter, dreaming, humor, and the complexity of human emotions that unite the two heroes.

Dr. Conde is a prolific poet, novelist, playwright and dramaturge. She attended the University of Sorbonne where she obtained a B.A. in English and earned her docteur es letters in 1975 concentrating on comparative literature. Condé’s professional career spans the globe. She taught at various levels at French and English speaking schools in West Africa. In France, she taught literature in Paris, Nanterre and Sorbonne Nouvelle and from 1968 to 1972, she served as a program producer for the BBC. Most recently, Condé was appointed as the President of the French Committee for the Memory of Slavery in 2004.

Dr. Conde’s visit is sponsored by Loyola University, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the Alliance Francaise of New Orleans, the Conseil Régional de la Guadeloupe, the Délégation des Alliances Françaises USA, the DRAC Guadeloupe, the Fédération des Alliances Francaises, and the French Consulate in New Orleans.

For additional information contact Professor Phanuel Egejuru at (504) 865-2479 or pegejuru@loyno.edu, or Professor Dominique Custos at (504) 861-5660 or dcustos@loyno.edu.