Playwright and actor Kawa Ada gives us some insight into his new play, The Wanderers, presented by Cahoots Theatre Company, and opening this evening at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. The Wanderers tells the story of a father and son escaping the terrors of war in Afghanistan and how their experience continues to deeply affect their lives.
Born during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Ada states that The Wanderers is deeply inspired by his personal history, beginning from his childhood, being a young boy and escaping the trauma of war to find peace in a land of opportunity. “Children are resilient to struggle,” Ada adds. “I was pretty in tune with what was going on.” Ada illuminates the fact that no matter how much time or distance elapses between a human being and war, it will forever remain a part of them.
The Wanderers is a courageous pursuit for Ada. When asked about his process of writing the play, Ada accentuated the fact that this play includes parts of his personal journey that he “hadn’t touched upon in a long time, or ever”. “I have done a lot of personal and emotional mining and…have felt raw [at times],” Ada states. He hopes he can give people an honest story that they can relate to.
Ada’s intentions for The Wanderers are to speak from an Afghan-Canadian perspective and to allow his audience members to see Afghanistan in a new light. “It’s not only what they see in the media,” Ada states. “It is a country that is rich in history and rich in heart.”
Ada’s mother is a huge inspiration behind this piece and her spirit is present within it. “She is a real hero… she is always looking for betterment.” Ada speaks of his hard times leaving Afghanistan, stating that his mother helped him through those times. “What we lacked in [other areas], we never lacked in imagination.”
What we can expect from this play is a substantial understanding of Afghanistan’s history, a wider look at human kind, and an honest, passionate story that will resonate with each spectator.
The Wanderers in running at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre from March 1st-23rd. Tickets: PWYC-$37.00. For tickets and more information, visit http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/shows/the-wanderers/.