Cellular Histories: "Poor People's TV Room" Comes to the MCA Stage | Newcity Stage
"Poor People's TV Room." /Photo: Ian Douglas. By Sharon Hoyer Bessie Award-winning performing artist Okwui Okpokwasili is the kind of brightly captivating person you could spend hours talking with upon first meeting. Warm, enthusiastic and so interested in learning about those around her an interview can easily turn 180 degrees. She also has the type of inquisitive mind that, the more deeply and specifically she probes into a subject, the more expansive and universal the connections she finds. Okpokwasili's most recent multidisciplinary performance, "Poor People's TV Room," uses two historical events, the Nigerian "Women's War" of 1929—a resistance against British colonial powers—and the kidnapping of hundreds of young women by Boko Haram, as points of inquiry into how bodies are used in political and protest practices. ("Poor People's TV Room" runs April 12-15 at the MCA Stage. A screening of a documentary about Okpokwasili and her performance, "Bronx Gothic," screens at the Museum