Photo Flash: Jim Nyabu Stops at La MaMa's SACRED ELEPHANT During 560-Mile Walk
Kenyan Jim Nyamu has embarked on a mission to walk a 560-mile journey this September from New England to the International March for Elephants in Washington DC on October 4. He walked to the stage production of "Sacred Elephant" by Heathcote Williams, starring Jeremy Crutchley, at Manhattan's La Mama E.T.C., 74A East Fourth Street, Sunday September 15 at 3:00 PM. BroadwayWorld has a phoot of Nyamu visiting the production below!
The goal of Nyamu's campaign is to raise awareness that elephants are endangered. His "Ivory Belongs to Elephants Walk USA" (www.IvoryBelongstoElephantswalk.com) is making stops in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland.
A research scientist, Jim Nyamu has a dedicated USA team behind him, inspired by his recent walks in Kenya for Endangered African elephants. Since February, Nyamu has walked 2,500 kilometers for elephants. He is scheduled to speak at U.S. universities and schools this September in addition to meetings with lawmakers.
The international march is part of a global movement organized by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to expose the ivory trade on World Animal Day by announcing in unison from city to city: "Say NO to Ivory!" Elephants are critically endangered and people will be urging our government leaders around the world to take action to save elephants, an incredible and valuable species. One elephant is killed every 15 minutes.
"Sacred Elephant" (www.sacredelephantplay.com) is a staged version of an epic poem of the same name by Heathcote Williams. Sheer Nerve Productions, in association with BuyArt and Cockpit, is presenting the American premiere of the work September 4 to 22 as part of the Summer Shares at La MaMa, 74A East Fourth Street. The piece stars Jeremy Crutchley, one of South Africa's foremost actors, who also appears frequently in London's West End. It is directed by Geoffrey Hyland.
Reviewing the production at La MaMa, Usher Nonsense wrote, "The list of words that could be used to praise Jeremy Crutchley's one man performance is endless. Mr. Crutchley is able to manifest empathy for the elephant, while giving a haunting, depressing sometimes whimsical and uplifting informative story."
"Sacred Elephant" premiered in Cape Town in 2012, receiving three Nominations in the 2013 Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards: Best Actor, Best Solo Performance and Best Costume Design.
Photo Credit: Valerie Marcelli
Jeremy Crutchley (L) and Jim Nyabu (R) in front of La Mama E.T.C. on Sunday, September 15.