Angela Matemotja’s directing debut was in the theatre back in 2005, when she earned an NAACP Award nomination for directing the stage play Sunshine For a Midnight Weary.
“Sunshine for a Midnight Weary” received glowing reviews.
F. Kathleen Foley of the Los Angeles Times stated,
“Director Angela Matemotja and her fellow performers infuse November Dawn’s fiercely poetical drama with affecting grace and candor. The play’s emphasis on female bonding is appropriate. Indeed, these performers are so closely bonded in style and commitment, they often seem to function as one organism.”
The L.A. Weekly review by Neal Weaver captures the story and its impact on audiences,
“At its best, the play generates real power — particularly in the tale of a mother (director-choreographer Angela Matemotja) who discovers her man has seduced her retarded daughter while she was out working to support them. Matemotja leads her cast in a deeply committed, highly charged performance.”