May 25 – Jun 25, 2023
Harman Hall

Photo of Isio-Maya Nuwere and Quiantae Thomas in the 2022 Berkeley Repertory Theatre production of Goddess by Kevin Berne.

From award-winning playwright Jocelyn Bioh (Merry Wives, School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play), composer Michael Thurber (Merry Wives), and director/conceiver Saheem Ali (Merry Wives, Nollywood Dreams) comes an exuberant new musical brimming with magical secrets. Following its world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Goddess tells the story of a mysterious singer who arrives at Moto Moto, a steamy Afro-jazz club in Mombasa, Kenya. She casts an entrancing presence on everyone at the club, including a young man who has returned home from America. Will the big plans for his life—stepping into a political legacy and marrying his fiancée—be upended? Inspired by the myth of Marimba, who created beautiful songs from her heartbreak, Goddess is a rousing tale of romance, the supernatural, and the quest of stepping into one’s true identity.

Conceived and Directed by Saheem Ali
Music and Lyrics by Michael Thurber
Book by Jocelyn Bioh
Additional Material by Mkhululi Z. Mabija
Choreographed by Darrell Grand Moultrie

All titles, artists, and dates subject to change.

Health and Safety

For the run of this show, masks may be required for all patrons, including during the performance, except when actively eating or drinking in the lobby. Look for updates on our website and in your email as your performance date approaches. Thank you for understanding!