French-African playwright Koffi Kwahulé is at the forefront of a new generation of dramatists born in Africa. Kwahulé is a playwright, novelist, essayist, actor and director. He has written more than twenty-five plays. The Lark Play Development Center has been working on a project to translate, develop and publish seven of his plays.
In this podcast we talk with Chantal Bilodeau, a translator and playwright who has worked with Koffi to translate a number of his plays. Chantal tells us how Koffi’s work has challenged the identity of what it means to be African and infused his plays with a jazz aesthetic.