In 2006, Vital Voices connected seven award-winning female playwrights with seven extraordinary women leaders in our Global Leadership Network. Inspired by their tales of triumph, the playwrights gave voice to these women’s experiences and produced a documentary play, SEVEN.
Through the powerful medium of theater, true stories of leadership and courage come to life, illustrating that women in diverse corners of the world are overcoming tremendous odds to advance peace, justice and freedom. The women profiled in SEVEN and their respective playwrights include:
Farida Azizi, Afghanistan | Playwright: Ruth Margraff
Mu Sochua, Cambodia | Playwright: Catherine Filloux
Anabella de Leon, Guatemala | Playwright: Gail Kriegel
Hafsat Abiola, Nigeria | Playwright: Anna Deavere Smith
Inez McCormack, Northern Ireland | Playwright: Carol K. Mack
Mukhtar Mai, Pakistan | Playwright: Susan Yankowitz
Marina Pisklakova-Parker, Russia | Playwright: Paula Cizmar
Premiered in New York City, SEVEN has been staged in London, Stockholm, Deauville, Geneva, New Delhi, Istanbul, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Aspen. Other performances have been staged in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Abuja, Nigeria, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Belgrade, Serbia, and Tokyo, Japan.
The production has garnered international acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Award-winning actresses, including Meryl Streep and Shohreh Aghdashloo, have lent their talents to stage readings of SEVEN.
Watch: SEVEN trailer with an introduction by Vital Voices Board Member Diane von Furstenberg.