The Passage:

Stories from The Maafa

Afrikan Luv Company's Spring 2019 production, The Passage: Stories from The Maafa is directed by Kymbali Craig and written by Jawanza Bakari. Afrikan Luv Company productions occur once a year and serve as a fundraiser for the organization in order to continue producing timely, relevant theatre, and partner with our community based organizations. To participate in our productions as a sponsor, partner, or actor, please contact us.

The Passage:
Stories from The Maafa

On August 20, 1619, the first enslaved Africans arrived at the British colony in Jamestown Virginia. Four hundred years later in the year 2019, "The Passage: Stories from the Maafa" will arrive at the National Black Theatre in Harlem.

Come join us in honoring all enslaved Africans who were stolen from their homes and scattered throughout the "New World." Come hear their stories of strength, courage, determination and of their sacrifices that made it possible for us to be here today.

Come be apart of the "ULTIMATE LOVE STORY." Come experience The Passage: Stories from the Maafa.    It's a journey like no other

Photograph by Rich Simpson, En Rich Photography

Spring 2019 Production

The Afrikan Luv Company's  Spring 2019 production performed as follows:  

The Passage: Stories from the Maafa

Directed by Kymbali Craig

Written by Jawanza Bakari


National Black Theatre Inc

2031 5th Avenue

New York, NY 10035


April 19, 20, 26, 27

May 3, 4

7:00 p.m.


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Meet the Director

Kymbali Craig is a  multi-talented force that has worked in the business as a director, playwright, spoken word vocalist, performance artist, and artist educator. As a spoken word artist she is featured on the Eargasm album with poets such as Saul Williams and Jessica Care Moore. She has opened for artists such as Erykah Badu, The Roots, and Meshell Ndegeocello. As an educator, Kymbali uses her talent to impact audiences and communities everywhere. A seasoned actress, who has been in numerous Off  Broadway productions, she has written and performed several one woman shows which have garnered rave reviews. Two recent shows include Monette (The Kymberley Project productions) and A Role Once Played (written by Kuba, where she performed four songs and 16 characters). 


Her career as a director began with Bailey's Café intergenerational theater troupe whose production of an elders life, Dora’s Story was featured at the Woody King's infamous New Federal Theater. She was recognized for her outstanding direction and set design for the Fulton Arts play A Punk or A Gentleman, which premiered at the Theater for the New City. She also directed a reading for the playwright competition at  The Black Lady Theater  formerly known as the infamous Slave Theater in Brooklyn. 


Kymbali can be seen on Law & Order SVU, Netflix, HBO, Showtime, various web series, and in the award winning film Pariah. A true renaissance artist, she debuted as a writer, director, and filmmaker with Skin Deep Skin Tight a theatrical graphic poetic film that takes an artistic look at the impact of race relations within American culture, focusing primarily on poor urban communities and the impact on black males. For more about Kymbali Craig visit YouTube.