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Robert Mugabe
On stage and in memory, oppression of the past still haunts Zimbabwe [Commentary]

Earlier this year, I saw a powerful play set in Zimbabwe in the 1890s (when it was called Rhodesia) that brought back some disturbing memories of my visit there about 15 years ago. "The Convert," the first in a trilogy being written by Zimbabwean award-winning playwright Danai Gurira, ran from mid-February to March 10 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. The play centered on Jekesai, a young girl from a rural village, who moved in with an aunt who worked for a Zimbabwean Catholic priest. With the church as a backdrop, the young girl goes from speaking only her native tongue and wearing a leaf skirt to accepting Catholicism, changing her name to Ester and assimilating to the ways of...