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Conceived by SAHEEM ALI
Music and lyrics by MICHAEL THURBER
Additional material by MKHULULI Z. MABIJA
Directed by SAHEEM ALI
World premiere
Roda Theatre

AUG 13–SEP 25, 2022 NEW DATES
Priority on sale NOW AVAILABLE
General on sale JUN 2, 2022

Berkeley Rep presents the world premiere of an exuberant new musical by award-winning playwright Jocelyn Bioh (School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play) and composer Michael Thurber, conceived by director Saheem Ali. A young man returns home to Mombasa, Kenya to marry his fiancée and step into his family’s political dynasty. But when he visits Moto Moto—a steamy afro-jazz club and the stomping ground of his youth—he finds himself drawn to a mysterious new singer. Inspired by the myth of Marimba, who created beautiful songs from her heartbreak, Goddess is a joyful infusion of contemporary romance, ancient magic, and the irresistible vibes of African, jazz, and R&B music.

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Season sponsors

BART Peet's Coffee

In-kind sponsor

Residence Inn by Marriott Berkeley


Mechanics Bank Wealth Management

Goddess is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

See and hear

Sneak peek: Goddess, a world premiere musical

Enjoy this video of the song “Honey Sweet” from our upcoming world premiere of Goddess. The video features Amber Iman with appearances by Jocelyn Bioh (book writer) and Saheem Ali (conceiver and director). Keyboard, drums, and video production by Michael Thurber (composer and lyricist). Jon Lampley is on the trumpet.

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