from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
We share his journey through the perils of adolescence, the pitfalls of racism and the struggles of finding identity and acceptance in his new country.
unFRAMED A Man in Progress Written and Performed by Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, Directed by Brent Buell, Presented by Double Play Connections and Doing Life Productions, Jane Dubin, Executive Producer.
IYABA IBO MANDINGO (Playwright, Performer) - painter, poet, writer, and playwright - is a native of Antigua, West Indies, who came to the United States in 1980 as a young boy. His earliest exposures to the arts were through his mother, a professional singer, and his grandparents, a tailor and a seamstress who first introduced him to colors and patterns, paving a path to the many ways of expression: drawing, painting, sculpting, writing and performing. Iyaba studied fine arts at Southern Connecticut State University and today teaches in and around the tri-state area as a Master Teaching Artist. He is a member of the Harlem Arts Alliance.
Iyaba was awarded a national Percent for the Arts Program artist grant, and is a two-time Connecticut Grand Slam champion. In January 2011 he won Yale University's Martin Luther King Birthday Invitational Slam, his third such win. He appears regularly as a performance poet in venues across the United States and abroad, including Nuyorican Poetry Café, Brooklyn Moon, and Next Door Café among others in the NY area. He is the recipient of artists' grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and multiple commendations from the Nassau County African American Museum. He was recently seen at 59E59 as Henry in Deb Margolin's The Expenses of Rain (Laura Barnett, director). He is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, 41 Times and Amerikkan Exile. His new novel, Sins of My Fathers, will be released in early 2011. His artwork has been included in over a dozen group and individual shows in the tri-state area.
Iyaba has performed his play at Gallery 1212 (CT), Casa Frela Gallery (Harlem), Rider College (NJ), Niagara University (NY), Norwalk Community College (CT), Breakthrough Theatre (FL), the University of Baltimore (MD) and other venues around the country.