POPULAR stand-up comedian and actor Michael Kudakwashe will take his act to an American audience where he will feature in Alan Bennettâ€™s cast of The History Boys.
Kudakwashe, a former leading star in a local sitcom, Avenues, was selected by an international arts development agency to join other professional actors from the globe toÂ participate in a play later this year.
The production will open at Northen Stage, Vermont in October and will be directed by Brooke Ciardelli.
Â Giles Ramsay, founder of Developing Artists, said the Zimbabwean actor surpassed the pass mark to display his talent to an international audience.
â€œThis is an amazing opportunity for one of Zimbabweâ€™s most talented young actors to make his mark on the international stage and show the world that the arts in Zimbabwe are very alive and well,â€ said Ramsay.
Â Ramsay added that this score was an opportunity for the artist to dispel regional bigotry between the African and American continent.
â€œThe international casting also forces American actors and audience members alike to reconsider their perceptions about national reputations, race and global culture we now live in,â€ he said.
Kudakwashe, according to Ramsay, will also join actors from Mexico, Britain and America in the professional production of Ovidâ€™s Metamorphosis which was staged at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.
Developing Artists, is a charity organisation responsible for harnessing artistic talent in developing countries.
Last year the organisation selected Blessing Hungwe, another Zimbabwean actor to feature in Ovidâ€™s play.
The charity organisation has supported local artists since 2004 and has also been working with the Harare Festival of the Arts (Hifa) and Harareâ€™s drama school â€” Theory X.
Meanwhile the â€œ biggestâ€ ever edition of Hifa will kick off on April 29.
By Bernard Mpofu