The AUP Creative Writing Club and the students of the Department of Comparative Literature and English, supported by the SGA, invite you to the First performance in France of Dirt Road, a play byKim Sanssoucie. Performed by a cast of graduates from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the play will be performed in the AUP Grand Salon, 31 Avenue Bosquet, on Thursday 19 December 2013, at 19:00.

Dirt Road features a young married couple in contemporary day Johannesburg. Kate (starred by Kim Sanssoucie) is a dedicated school teacher, Simphiwe (Khulu Skenjana) a talented painter. Both are university graduates and have travelled the world, gaining a lot of experience outside of South Africa. The play shows how conflicting cultures affect their middle class life and challenge their personal ideals. Love sees no race, colour, or creed, but stark traditions can take this notion and throw it off kilter. An unforeseen incident causes them to question who they are and who they are willing to become. “Love conquers all” is not a truth but an equation waiting to be solved.

Khulu SkenjanaKhulu Skenjana, born 1978 in Johannesburg Soweto, is an actor and voice artist, best known for his epic portrayal of ‘Tony Ngu’ in the hit feature Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema (Dir. Ralph Zimman). He also appeared alongside Morgan Freeman in Invictus and, most recently, wrapped shooting with Orlando Bloom and Forrest Whitaker on Zulu (Dir. Jerome Salle). On television he has worked on some of Mzansi’s best dramas. This year he stars on two SABC1 drama series: the second season of Intersexions, where he delivers a spine chilling performance as ‘Montsho’, a correctional rapist, and on the fashion-themed drama Tempy Pushas, where he plays the sexy smooth hustler ‘Zenzele Zembe’. Khulu has also had cameo roles on the NBC drama series The Philanthropist in 2008 and on the South African/Candian hospital drama Jozi-H. His stage performances include the role of ‘Father’ in Albie Micheals’ adaptation of Sello K Duiker’s The Quiet Violence of Dreams, and Denzel Edgar’s one hander The Truth About You.

Kim SanssoucieActress, dancer, writer, and ultimate dreamer Kim Sanssoucie graduated in Drama and Performance, and Media and Communications from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. Some of her theatre credits include Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream (Hermia) and Twelfth Night (Viola) as well as the title role in Cinderella and the British farce Noises Off. Her play Ordered Love was accepted to be performed at The Musho! Theatre Festival Fringe in 2007. Thereafter she was cast in the locally written musical revue Jamaican Jam and the drama and 5,6,7,8 … about the trials and tribulations of five cabaret dancers. She appeared in Steven Feinstein’s Dr. Faustus, the final production of The Actors’ Centre at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre in 2008, and in the children’s production How Rainbows Work at the Theatre at Foxwood House, which she co-wrote and directed. Having featured in various TV drama series, she begun a career in radio at Good Hope FM and with her show Coloured In on 2oceansviberadio.com. Kim is currently working as an Entertainment Manager for a Youth Marketing Company, while continuing to pursue her dreams as an actress and storyteller.

For more details contact Andrew Davidson, Chloe Elder, or jwildberger@aup.edu.

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