Finding Nelson Mandela

FINDING NELSON MANDELA, a New Play by Dennis Ward

August 24 to September 3

Cité des Arts presents Dennis Ward’s comedy-drama, Finding Nelson Mandela, directed by Charlee Halphen. Rose Johnson has been making a cake in the exact likeness of her sister, Della, ever since she died in a car accident in 1968. In fact, she has conversations with her dead sister, a cake. Rose’s family thinks she is crazy and she is resigned to spending the rest of her unhappy life as an unpaid servant for her abusive husband and his alcoholic mother. On a car trip to Atlanta to attend a family reunion, Ms. Bell, an African-American nurse, takes Rose on a journey to the threshold of her freedom, and at the same time, Nelson Mandela is released from prison after twenty-seven years and travels to Atlanta to gain worldwide support to end the Apartheid government in South Africa. Finding Nelson Mandela tells the story of two people’s struggle for freedom and how their destinies meet.

Play performances are August 24-27 and August 31-Sept 3rd, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00pm in the Robert D. Sidman Theatre at Cité des Arts. Admission is $15.00 general admission and $12.00 for seniors and students with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased below, please refer to our ticket policy when ordering online.


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