Ethiopian American Antu Yacob “Mourning Sun” To Uganda


The critically acclaimed play is selected for the 3rd Annual Kampala International Theatre Festival.

Antu Yacob is an Ethiopian born, Bay Area to Minnesota raised, New York based actor.  She is a graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University Masters in Fine Arts Acting program. Antu is Founder of Shaggae’s Song P.A.C., a nonprofit organization that develops new works focused on international women’s issues.  She teaches Acting at Rutgers University and Somerset County V & T High Schools.  Antu is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

MOURNING SUN the critically acclaimed play by Antu Yacob has been selected to participate in the 3rd Annual Kampala International Theatre Festival in Kampala, Uganda this November 23-27! The festival is covering housing and in town transportation costs. It is not covering airfare costs for the invited artists. This is where you come in! The $12,000.00 we are seeking to raise will cover round trip airfare from New York to Kampala for the 7 person cast, our director and our stage manager.

The play  is an epic cross cultural love story that gives a unique immigrant experience tackling taboo subjects. With a first act set in Ethiopia and the second in New York, this play follows main characters Biftu and Abdi as they navigate young love with the mental, emotional and spiritual effects of irreversible fistula.

The play’s participation in the Kampala International Theatre Festival, an annual event that gives a platform to connect the East African theatre-making community as well as  develop new audiences, would be the first step in connecting the imaginary world created in the play and the real life struggles.