Thursday, December 14, 2006
Tings Dey Happen
Just returned from an amazing one-man play about Nigerian oil politics written and performed by Fulbright scholar Dan Hoyle. Hoyle’s girlfriend Lyra, with whom I am working on a young adult project, invited me to attend a preview at the Marsh Theater in the Mission. “Tings Dey Happen” is an ambitious play that transports the audience to Nigeria, where one meets an array of international characters ---- warlords, oil company workers, ambassadors, and activists. The haunting and delightful stories Hoyle tells “stay with you after you leave the theater.”
The play has gotten me interested in learning more about the situation in Nigeria, especially since a few Episcopal congregations in the United States are attempting to link up with the Diocese of Nigeria. The former Rector of Truro Church, The Reverend Martyn Minns worked for Mobil Oil prior to becoming a priest. Mobil began its work in Nigeria in the late 1950's. Nigeria has a horrible human rights record and Martyn Minns (now a Bishop in the Church of Nigeria) claims to be close friends with Archbishop Peter Akinola who is purported to support a bill that would jail gay people. What exactly is going on? I'm no Fulbright scholar but I've got a lot of questions.