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AFTER ORLANDO: An International Theatre Action in Response to the Pulse Nightclub Shooting

By: Caitlin Kane,  Department of Performing and Media Arts
November 3, 2016

Civic Ensemble, Cultura Ithaca, and Teatrotaller, in association with Missing Bolts Productions Inc. (Blair Baker & Zac Kline artistic directors) and NoPassport Theatre Alliance and Press (Caridad Svich, founder), are pleased to present a staged reading of AFTER ORLANDO, an evening of short plays in response to the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

The readings will be Wednesday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Sacred Root Kava Bar and Thursday, November 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Cornell University’s Schwartz Center for Performing and Media Arts’ Film Forum. Both performances are free and open to the public.

This production of AFTER ORLANDO will feature ten short plays by Deborah Laufer, Joan Lipkin, Andres Lustgarte, Jennifer Maisel, Chiori Miyagawa, Riti Sacheva, Lisa Schlesinger, Arturo Soria, Caridad Svich, and Ken Urban. The readings will be directed by Samuel Blake, Gabriella Carr, Carolina Osorio Gil, Kiefer Harrington, J. Michael Kinsey, and Rosalie Purvis and will feature an ensemble of actors, including Alisar Awwad, Sherron Brown, Sarah K. Chalmers, Tyree James, Sahar Tavakoli, Irving Torres, Sara Warner, and Sylvie Yntema. 

AFTER ORLANDO is an international playwright-driven theatre action including over seventy playwrights from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Africa, and Australia. Plays have been specifically written and curated in response to the Pulse Nightclub shooting this June and will be read at over 40 venues across the country and in the UK throughout the fall.

Partner venues include The Finborough Theatre (London); Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre and the LGTB Center (NYC); Round House Theatre and Olney Theatre Center (DC); The Inge Center (Independence, KS); Theatre@Boston Court and the University of Southern California (Los Angeles); Miami New Drama (Miami); Philadelphia Theatre Company; The University of the Arts (Philadelphia); and many more.

For more information, please visit civicensemble.org or as.cornell.edu/freedominterrupted.

Kline and Baker of Missing Bolts note “As theatremakers, we have the ability to bring together many singular unique voices toward a common goal. We have invited some of the most admired theatre artists worldwide to participate; to share our grief, our anger, our hope, and our desire to combat the violence we are now living with on a daily basis.” Svich of NoPassport adds “Making some healing art, some fiery art, some work that just says we can rise up from and through collective mourning.”

www.nopassport.org   www.missingbolts.com

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