Gomela to Return is based on hope, survival, courage, and the resilience that exists in the face of oppression. It is about the heartbeat of a people that will never die, the culture and traditions that continue to evolve, grow, and survive the test of time. It illuminates Place Matter-gentrification and the Right of Return of New Orleanians displaced after Katrina; and Black Lives Matter-the beauty and resilience of black people, past and present.
In short, it is the journey of the development of the traditions of New Orleans (music, dance, and poetry) and recapturing those traditions post-Katrina, narrated by HBO Def Poetry Jam's, Sunni Patterson.
Gomela to Return is funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.