Oklahoma Contemporary
Inua Ellams
A person with a black beard and surprised expression wears black-framed glasses and a green and red patterned flat-top hat in front of a backdrop painted with a woven blue and red diamond pattern

An Evening with an Immigrant

An Evening with an Immigrant

8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 | Post-show reception following | SOLD OUT
5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23

Main Building | Te Ata Theater

Presented by OKC Rep in partnership with Oklahoma Contemporary, in association with Inua Ellams and Fuel
Written and performed by Inua Ellams | music selection by DJ Sid Mercutio

Born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered to be Boko Haram territory, Inua Ellams left Nigeria for England in 1996 at age 12, moved to Ireland for three years and returned to London to work as a writer and graphic designer.

In An Evening With an Immigrant, Ellams tells his ridiculous, fantastic, poignant story — littered with poems and anecdotes — of escaping fundamentalist Islam, experiencing prejudice and friendship in Dublin, performing solo at the National Theatre, and drinking wine with the Queen of England, all without a country to belong to or place to call home.

COVID PROTOCOLS: The health and safety of our audience, staff and artists is of upmost importance to OKC Rep. In line with protocols adopted by theaters across the country and direct consultation with infectious disease specialists, we have developed the following policies: All patrons must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours prior to the start of the performance. A physical vaccination card or a photo of a physical vaccination card will be accepted. Masks are required for all guests and must be worn during the performance and reception unless actively eating or drinking.

An Eveningwithan Immigrant Inua Ellams Oliver Holms

About the Artist
Inua Ellams is an award-winning poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist and designer. His published books of poetry include Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars, Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales, The Wire-Headed Heathen, #Afterhours and The Half-God of Rainfall — an epic story in verse.

His first play, The 14th Tale, received the Edinburgh Fringe First award and his fourth, Barber Shop Chronicles, sold out two runs at England’s National Theatre. He recently completed his first full poetry collection, The Actual, and is working on several commissions across stage and screen. In graphic art and design, he mixes the old with the new, juxtaposing texture and pigment with flat color and vector graphics. He lives and works from London, where he founded the Midnight Run, a nocturnal urban excursion.

Images: Inua Ellams. Photo by Oliver Holms. © Oliver Holms

An Evening with an Immigrant, 2021. Photo by Oliver Holms. © Oliver Holms

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