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     Ukrainian Plays Reading Project     

              Alliance for New Music-Theatre        

Joins The Worldwide Ukrainian Play Readings Project

Featuring Music by Ken Burns’ collaborator Pianist Jacqueline Schwab

   Directed by Susan Galbraith and Matty Griffiths     

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Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 7:30 pm

at the Lyceum, Alexandria. VA 

Register HERE


Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 7:00 pm

at the Kay Spiritual Life Center

on the campus of  American University

Register HERE


In this project, Alliance for New Music-Theatre joins in solidarity with the Center for International Theatre Development (CITD), which commissioned over several dozen plays since Putin’s army invaded Ukraine, calling their endeavor the Ukrainian Hope Initiative, and with John Freedman, translator and friend of so many of the country’s leading theatre artists. We applaud their efforts to support playwrights in war-torn Ukraine.

Following the successful presentations in May at Dumbarton UMC and in July at the DC Capital Fringe, Alliance for New Music-Theatre will present two public readings of selected short works by Ukrainian playwrights:

Jacqueline Schwab, best known for her work with Ken Burns and featured in several of his television documentaries, joined the project as Lead Collaborator and Musician. She has drawn inspiration for the piano music she has arranged for this presentation from her Ukrainian heritage. Local composer, musician, and Alliance company member Andrew E Simpson will also be featured on the accordion.

Gyöngyvér Bognár, film and theater superstar from Hungary, who, newly immigrated with her husband Janos Szász, has made her DC debut in this project, along with their ten-year old son Jakob. Lise Bruneau,  Karina Hilleard, Michael Kevin Darnell, and Matty Griffiths, round out the exceptional cast.

There will be six works presented, woven together in one seamless evening of shared storytelling, including monologues and plays, all commissioned by CITD and written in 2022 by Ukrainian playwrights.

Artistic Director Susan Galbraith and Matty Griffiths selected and co-directed the six short plays from the series, and they will be presented in their English translations.

The project is part of New Music-Theatre’s commitment to cross-cultural collaboration and integrating music with drama as catalyst for discussion on issues of relevance to our community and the world: changing the conversation through the arts.

The reading will include a post-show conversation to raise awareness of the ongoing struggle more than a year into this war of Russian aggression and to keep our Ukrainian friends and allies in our hearts.

All readings of these plays are offered to support Ukrainian artists, and we invite everyone who comes to consider making a generous donation.

Donate directly on Alliance for New Music-Theatre web site HERE.

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