lection of books by Jack London, and so
Next to the alter are two drums from Ghana
that Almazan has had for 20 years.
The opposite wall holds perhaps the most
modern thing she owns: her TV, which is
guarded by 11 African and Indonesian masks.
“I’ve worked in African theater, so I was
really taken by masks and all the different
meanings they brought to theater,” Almazan
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said. “They’ve really helped me and
guided me when I’m writing.”
The long shelf the TV sits on is filled with
books and scattered with tribal statues and
a Frida Kahlo self-portrait.
A collection of African statues, many of
them symbolizing fertility, rest on the bookcase
next to the TV.
Hanging next to them is a thin piece of
wood with a drawing of a skull on it that
reads, “No More Colonies.” It’s for her play
cycle, made by a close artist friend, Benjamin
Much of her décor has come one way or
another from working in theater – either
props from a show she’s worked on, or gifts
from her collaborators. A beautiful pink pat-