The University of Louisville theatre department is hoping to make his story memorable as they open the 2014-15 season with “Eda” a Yoruba version of the time-tested 13th century morality play “Everyman” set in West Africa. The production is presented by UofL’s African American Theatre Program (AATP).

Eda – literally “human being” in Yoruba – is the story of a man who must face death and reflect on his life to discover whether he has done enough to be remembered as a good man. During his time of reflection, he is visited by characters representing death, money, and God.

The audience should expect a show that includes a little of everything including Yoruba ritual and African dance, said associate professor Nefertiti Burton, who is directing the play.

“This version is a mix of dramatic and comedic, but I think it will take on more of an upbeat feel,” Burton said. “The Yoruba world view is different than the traditional production.” 

Two theatre graduate students will take on challenging main roles as their final thesis. Takayla Williams stars as Eda, the main character who is traditionally played by a male actor, while her co-star Tia Davis will play dual roles as Iku (Death) and The Harlot.

The show runs Sept. 24-29 at Thrust Theatre, 2314 S. Floyd Street. Performances are at 8 p.m., Sept. 24-26; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sept. 28; and 8 p.m., Sept. 29. There is no performance Sept 27.


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Erica Walsh
Erica Walsh is the senior marketing manager in the Office of Communications and Marketing where she manages the UofL Magazine and the President’s Report and contributes to the university’s branding and advertising efforts. Walsh joined UofL in 2014 after previously serving as the public relations specialist at Indiana University Southeast for seven years. Prior to her career in higher education communications, she was a reporter at The News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown, Ky.