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  • tadiasmagWhat does it mean to be Ethiopian American? The answer depends on who you ask, but for Playwright Antu Yacob -- whose parents immigrated to the United States from Ethiopia when she was barely five years old -- the identity is not as clear-cut. "In the Gray" is the title of Antu's latest one-person show, which explored precisely this question when it was staged in New York City as part of the Women in Theatre Festival by Project Y Theatre in Manhattan last week. "In the Gray" features Antu playing several engaging characters including herself, her 8-year-old son, as well as her muslim and Oromo activist mother who lives in Minnesota. "I knew that I wanted to write about my experience not only as an actor, but also as an Ethio-American professional in the entertainment industry," Antu told Tadias in an interview following her show. As a playwright Antu says she tries "to experiment with social and political activism in an entertaining way" noting that "America is made up of so many different cultures, and there is room to honor that diversity without sacrificing the beauty of who we are as a people. As Ethiopian Americans we make up a part of the larger American experience." #TadiasInterviews #CivicEngagement #Arts #EthiopianAmerican

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