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Funda Fest 26: Sylvia Ann Soares – Defiance! In Our Defense

March 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Wanskuck Library

Funda Reschedule

Thursday, March 14 at 4:00p.m. at Wanskuck Library, with Sylvia Ann Soares for Defiance! In Our Defense.

Sylvia Ann Soares, 82, portrays a compelling new elder Nancy Elizabeth Prophet (1890-1960,) African American Narragansett-Pequot, first known graduate of color from RI School of Design (1918.) Including Prophet’s struggles as an artist in Paris, her friendship with W.E.B. Du Bois, her teaching at Spelman and more, we also witness a sophisticated elder Prophet’s likely thoughts on social situations in Rhode Island and in the US.

About the Storyteller

Sylvia Ann Soares. CCRI, Brown ’95. A member of Trinity Rep in 1962, she went on to join AEA and SAG-AFTRA. An actor, director, writer, historian, activist, she has performed in NY, in regional theatres, on national tours and in LA TV series. Soares has enacted Nancy Elizabeth Prophet in versions of Defiance! since 2013. Her other characters include ‘Silvy Tory’ an enslaved woman of RI. Sylvia Ann is a veteran of Rites and Reason Theatre. Her work is fueled with the sanctity of justice, humanity and nature.

About Funda Fest

FUNDA means to “to learn” in Zulu (one of the African languages spoken in South Africa). RIBS chose this name for the festival because storytelling is the most ancient way peoples of African descent (and other cultures as well) passed on history, traditions, and cultural knowledge. Not only that, it looks like FUN!

This event was originally scheduled to take place during the Funda Fest 26 run from January 19 – February 3, 2024, and features over 25 performers. Performances take place all around Rhode Island, including the opening party in Providence, a Family Fun Day in Newport and Westerly the ever-popular Liars’ Contest in East Providence, and a concluding Black History Live + event at Southside Cultural Center of RI. Most in-person events will also be live streamed. For the full schedule of events, as well as information about tickets and passes, visit fundafest.org.




March 14
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Wanskuck Library
233 Veazie Street
Providence, RI 02904 United States
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