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Soho Rep. is pleased to introduce our food sponsor for generationsMadiba restarant!

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Mark and Jenny Henegan opened up Madiba, Brooklyn’s first South African eatery, in 1999, with the slogan “a place of love”. The idea of love is present in everything Madiba represents: both in the South African food served, and in the welcoming, hospitable atmosphere.

One of many festive occasions celebrated at New York’s oldest South African restaurant.

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The Madiba crew posing in the restaurant’s dining room

The restaurant operates on the tradition of the shebeen. Madiba describes shebeens as “the informal dining halls in South African townships. These gathering places are where South Africans leave the work day behind to embrace joy, laughter, community, and a little beer to boot”. In many ways, this concept is a main tenet of Leah C Gardiner’s production of generations.

A typical shebeen-style hang out.

The wall of South African gastronomic goods that Madiba displays; many are for sale and are imported from South Africa and the surrounding region.

The wall of South African gastronomic goods that Madiba displays; many are for sale and are imported from South Africa and the surrounding region.

generations is a play about a family in South Africa, and how that family approaches the topic of cooking. With Madiba as our official food sponsor, South African food from Madiba will be served to our audience each night, welcoming our patrons into a shebeen-like atmosphere. In addition to Madiba’s dedication as a restaurant to sharing South African food and culture, a portion of Madiba’s proceeds go to Ubuntu Education Fund, Ethembeni School of the Blind, and Achilles. These are all charities that help South African people.

Soho Rep. and The Play Company excited to be partnering with Madiba, and we look forward to sharing some of their cuisine with you as part of generations. In the meantime, you can experience the Shebeen for yourself at Madiba’s Fort Greene location (195 Delkab Avenue) or at their soon-to-be-open Harlem location on 116th Street.

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