It’s wedding season! But one woman is more excited at the prospect of planning these weddings, than getting married, herself. Actress Dineo Lusenga and Director Khutjo Green are making a return to Pop Art in Maboneng with their hit play Mirage from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th November.
“Why does society expect marriage to be everyone’s desire?” This is the question Lusenga, and Green are tackling in their first ever stage collaboration “Mirage”.
Mirage is a collaborative project between Wits BA Dramatic Arts graduates, Green and Lusenga, written and directed by two time Naledi award-winning Actress Khutjo Green, performed by Lusenga. Green is a proficient theatre practitioner, having performed in multiple stage productions such s TARTUFFE directed by Sylvaine Strike and the highly acclaimed Animal Farm directed by Neil Coppen and directed the Gcina Mhlophe written classic Have You Seen Zandile? We were also introduced to Green’s television work on Skeem Sam’ and recently Guilt, on SABC 2. Mirage is Lusenga’s first stage work since her days as a Wits drama student. Her catalogue of television acting work includes shows such as Intersexions, Mutual Friends, Hard Copy, Nkamogeleng and her world acclaimed short film “Nomfundo”.
Mirage is about the fabulous, stylish and independent serial maid of honour, Mandisa Sithole. While she is busy creating unforgettable weddings for her close friends and clientele, everyone around her, especially her nagging mother, wonder when it’ll be her day. Bonolo calls her a gamophobe, whilst her other friend Nthabiseng completely understands and respects the arrangement she has with her man. Mandisa fears the day when Thabang proposes, will she say yes or no?
“We have wanted to work together since 2015 but we couldn’t find the right text. When we started talking about the concept for Mirage, it became clear that we had something to say, so we started work shopping our own text. We have had two successful runs at Pop Art and at the Olive Tree Theatre, and we are very excited to be making a return to our home Pop Art. This is an opportunity for everyone who has seen it, to bring their friends and loved ones, and for those who haven’t to come experience this piece.” says the co-producers Green and Lusenga.
Mirage will be staged at the Pop Art Theatre, Maboneng Precinct in Johannesburg from the 22nd of November until the 25th of November 2018 following a successful full house run in March this year. POPArt stands for People of Performing Art, and that’s exactly what they are about: providing a platform for the showcasing of some of the freshest work and ideas from some of the hottest emerging and established Performing Arts talents in Johannesburg.