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Pan African Historical Museum, SELF PORTRAIT unFRAMED

February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST

SELF PORTRAIT unFRAMED is a stage play written and performed by Iyaba Ibo Mandingo. This production is different. It’s emotional, engaging, and invites the audience into the conversation.

Meet Iyaba Ibo Mandingo – painter, poet, husband, father, son, and undocumented immigrant from Antigua. At the age of eleven, Iyaba is plucked from the tropical comfort of his boyhood and taken to life in America where he must navigate his way to manhood without the guidance of a father.

Using canvas, paint, poetry, prose, and song, Iyaba tells us a story of his transformation from “Mommy Me No Wanna Go Merrica” – a prophetic piece that hints at the many trials he will face in a new land – to his powerful political poetry that would lead to his arrest and attempted deportation in post 9/11 America.

Throughout the play Iyaba shares his rage, determination, and hope; he struggles to redefine his humanity, rediscover his smile, and truly accept himself for the first time, all while he paints his self-portrait.

The production returns to Springfield on Saturday, February 19, 2022 (7:00pm). TICKETS $15

The show includes a Q&A with the writer/actor.


Tower Square
1500 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01115
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