I wish I could’ve gotten this posted sooner, but thank you to the reader who sent me the information!
A theater company in New York is having a nine short plays on the Yemen crisis to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. The website says that it starts at 7pm, which I’m pretty sure was 30 minutes ago.
From the website:
No child should die because their country is a battleground.
Monday, June 25, 2018 at 7:00PM
The Irene Diamond Stage
The Pershing Square Signature Center
Starring TONY Nominee and OBIE Award Winner Kathleen Chalfont, Dee Pelletier and Drama Desk & Four-Time OBIE Award Winner George Bartenieff
Produced By NewYorkRep, Kia Corthron, Kevin Hourigan, Naomi Wallace & Theater Three Collaborative
Fifty-thousand children died this past year in Yemen of illness, from bombs or starvation. Over 8 million Yemeni are currently at risk of starvation because of a war being fought on their soil between Saudi Arabia, with international (US and other) support, and the rebel Houthi. The situation in Yemen is the largest human-caused humanitarian disaster in memory.
“Who even knows about Yemen and the American involvement? playwright Kia Corthron confronting a photo of a starving child, asked playwrights Karen Malppede and Naomi Wallace, who answered, “We know”.
“Imagine: Yemen” was born.
Nine American playwrights will write 9 original short plays from 9 unique personal and stylistic perspectives to bring realities of the Yemeni humanitarian catastrophe home to Americans through the impact of live theater. Kevin Hourigan and NewYorkRep’s Producing Artistic Director Markus Potter direct the evening’s plays.
Money raised from audience donations will go to Doctors Without Borders, an on-the-ground, humanitarian relief group already working to save lives in Yemen.
After the event, the scripts will be available on a website for presentation, reading or teaching, free of cost, to any group, anywhere in the nation or the world.
Playwrights: Younis Ali, Kara Lee Corthron, Kia Corthron, Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, Ismail Khalidi, Karen Malpede, T.D. Mitchell, Andrew Saito, and Naomi Wallace
Directors: Misha Shayok Chowdhury, Shadi Gh, Kevin Hourigan, Johanna McKeon, Markus Potter, and Lucie Tiberghien.
We are proud to also be showcasing a short film in the Signature Lobby before and after the performance:
“Shakespeare in Yemen”
Directed by Katherine Hennessey and Amin Hazaber.
Screening sponsored by the Sidney E. Cohn Chair in Theatre Studies at the Graduate Center, CUNY.
With thanks to Dr. Marvin Carlson,