Two leaders of local theater companies deserve to take a bow.
As producing artistic director of the small theater company Up You Mighty Race, Akiba Abaka is fearless. Shes also driven to tell stories about the black experience in an unconventional way. Those qualities served her well this past fall, when after seven years as a roving troupe, Up You Mighty Race settled in as a resident company at the Boston Center for the Arts. Her first production, In the Continuum, about two women worlds apart living with HIV, shook audiences. We have to address issues that are important to us, like HIV/AIDS and the psychology of violence, she says. But we have to do it with stories that speak to individuals. Up next for her? The development of an ensemble of actors and designers, and a collaboration with UMass-Bostons Trotter Institute on a staged reading that splices together Radio Golf and A Raisin in the Sun.