Black Anthology presents Asifuye Mvua Imemnyeshea

January 25, 2022

Washington University’s Black Anthology Presents: Asifuye Mvua Imemnyeshea

In-person screening:
When: February 18th at 7 PM (with a pre-show discussion at 6:15pm and post-screening talkback) and February 19th at 2 PM (with a pre-show discussion at 1:15pm and a post-screening talkback)
Where: Edison Theater with tickets available for purchase starting on February 2nd at Edison Theater or at, (314) 935-6543
Cost: $10

Virtual live-streaming:
When: February 19th at 7 PM
Where: Digitally with RSVP Link Available to Sign Up with a pre-show experience via Facebook live at our Facebook site.

Cost: Free

Contact Information:, or (314) 935 7879

The pre-recorded show will premiere in Edison Theater on February 18th at 7:00pm and February 19th at 2:00pm. The theater will be at 50% capacity. The show will be subsequently live-streamed virtually on February 19th at 7:00pm CST to accommodate those unable to attend the in-person screening. RSVP here to receive the live-stream link.

Both in-person screenings will be preceded by a pre-show discussion on the themes of the show with the playwrights and special panel guests, and will be followed by a post-show talkback with members of the show. Tickets for the in-person screening in Edison Theater will be $10, while the virtual streaming will be free of charge.

Black Anthology, the longest-standing cultural production at Washington University, is dedicated to telling stories from across the Black diaspora. In keeping with that tradition, this year’s production explores issues of the diasporic divide, as well as navigating life within systems of oppression. Black Anthology is a student-written, choreographed, directed, and designed production with the goal of leaving the audience wrestling with questions of their own. This year, we ask: How am I shaped by the systems (and people) around me? How does one contend with/make sense of tradition in a changing society?

After a year of being apart, Black Anthology is excited to present our show for students, faculty, and the greater St. Louis community. Marc Ridgell—producer of this year’s show—comments, “This is the first year being back in-person after a year-and-a-half of experiencing the detriments of COVID-19 and a virtual school year. To produce this show this year means recreating and recultivating community like it once was.”

Senior and stage manager Sabrina Spence, who has called the show all four years of her college career, reflects: “This year, it’s a little bittersweet because it’s my last one, but at the same time…  I’ve seen people grow through and with Black Anthology; it’s been a beautiful thing to witness.”

We welcome our friends and family back into the theater to celebrate the continued expression of Black art and creativity.

Black Anthology was founded by Marcia Hayes-Harris in 1989 to provide a means of celebrating the history and progress of African-Americans. Since its creation, the program has been completely student-run, from script to set and costume design. As Black Anthology has grown, it has evolved from performances of compilations centered on pertinent literature to a full-length scripted play featuring music and dance performances about the Black experience locally and globally. Even with the changes in show format, Black Anthology remains dedicated to its purpose, and through achieving these goals, the program continues to thrive.