Renowned actor and playwright, Donald Molosi has moved drama from stage to print, by writing a book titled We Are All Blue. The book, which is a collection of two award-winning plays Blue, Black and White and Motswana: Africa, Dream Again was published by The Mantle, a publishing house headquartered in Queens, New York, United States of America.
The book has a foreword by the second president of Botswana Sir Ketumile Masire, a huge honour for Molosi, who has managed to break barriers and make a name for himself around the world with his writing and acting skills.
The book is already on sale at The Mantle and it can be purchased in paperback and eBook versions.
The story of Blue, Black And White evolved from a 10-minute play that he first staged at the Dialogue One Festival in Massachusetts, United States of America in 2008. Blue, Black and White is about the first president of Botswana, Sir Seretse Khama’s interracial marriage.
The play won him many awards including the Dialogue One Festival Best Actor (2009 and 2011), Sanford Prize for Excellence Theatre, Dilling Yang Prize for Excellence, and Lehman Scholar Award from Williams College.
He brought the play home and staged it at Maitisong where he performed it in front of Khama’s family, his children among them President Ian Khama. He said the family was “pleased and grateful to have someone do the story on their father and his family.
In 2014 Blue, Black And White was performed by a company of Botswana performers in arts festivals in Botswana and Zimbabwe directed by Gao Lemmenyane.
Motswana: Africa, Dream Again is the story of Botswana and its people as they went into an independent state from a British Protectorate.
The play premiered off Broadway in 2012 and won an award at the United Solo Festival, considered the world’s largest solo theatrical festival.
In addition Molosi has written and performed two other plays being No Idea and Today It’s Me.