June 7th – July 1st, 2018

101 Greenwich Street, 9th Floor

Written by Asiimwe Deborah Kawe and Sean Christopher Lewis
Directed by Katie Pearl
Music Composition by Farai Malianga

Starring Christopher McLinden and Patrick J. Ssenjovu
Live Music Performed by Farai Malianga and Sifiso Mabena

Production Stage Manager Andrea Wales
Assistant Stage Manager Arielle Goldstein
Lighting Design by Brian Aldous and Adam Macks
Sound Design by Farai Malianga
Costume Design by Angela M. Fludd
Dramaturgy by Morgan Jenness

Inside 20,000 square feet of vacant downtown office space, site-specific juggernaut En Garde Arts presents a transportive new work asking: who has the right to tell a story and why? Red Hills invites audiences to travel from an NGO presentation by David Zosia, American author and self-proclaimed expert on Rwandan history, to the fields of Rwanda to meet God’s Blessing, a Rwandan Tour guide. Travel back to 1994 and experience these two men from vastly different cultures as they relive the events of their first meeting during the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. A collaboration between similarly diverse playwrights, Ugandan Asiimwe Deborah Kawe and American Sean Christopher Lewis, Red Hills invites you to bear witness as two men face long-buried memories, confront ghosts of their pasts, and question who owns history.

“…beautifully performed by the actors and chillingly accompanied by the composer and instrumentalist…”

The New York Times


RED HILLS would not be possible without support from:

The Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation

Space donated by Cove Property Group and Bentall Kennedy

RED HILLS is supported, in part, by public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Sorting Through Atrocities, Fact and Fiction
June 14, The New York Times
Review by Alexis Soloski

Avant Garde Trailblazer Returns To Roots In Era of Trump
June 20, Forbes
Feature by Lee Seymour

A Trip to Kigali, Where the Past Is Still Present
June 13, American Theatre Magazine
Essay by Anne Hamburger

Who’s Allowed to Tell This Story?
June 14, TDF Stages
Feature by Jonathan Mandell

Performance Listings
June 1 and June 8, The New York Times

Feature: En Garde Arts’ Site-Specific RED HILLS to Premiere in June
April 17, BroadwayWorld

Red Hills
June 14, Theatre Is Easy
Review by Asya Danilova

Red Hills
June 16, Theatre Scene
Review by Darryl Reilly

New York: Off-Broadway Buzz, Spring 2018
January 15, The Artsy Voyager
Feature by Jacquelin Carnegie