07/01/2019 - SEVEN 2019-2020 Tour

SEVEN 

SEVEN is a riveting documentary play by seven female writers based on personal interviews with seven remarkable women who faced life-threatening obstacles before bringing heroic changes to their home countries of Pakistan, Nigeria, Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Russia and Cambodia.

Playwrights Carol K. Mack (who conceived the play), Anna Deavere Smith, Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Ruth Margraff, and Susan Yankowitz collaborated to create a tapestry of stories that weave together the words of these women, dramatizing their struggles and triumphs over resistance, death threats, entrenched norms and pervasive violence. Since the premiere in 2008, the piece has been translated into 27 languages and performed worldwide in over 30 countries, sharing with an international audience these inspiring tales of bravery and perseverance.

SEVEN makes the powerful and timeless statement that even in the darkest times, one person, one voice, and a single act of courage, can change the lives of thousands.

The 2019-2020 LA THEATRE WORKS national tour of SEVEN will make 20+ stops throughout the United States. Details will be announced in July.

For information on the LA Theatre Works tour of SEVEN, please contact Marc Baylin, Baylin Artists Management, at mbaylin@baylinartists.com

For more information, please contact Senior Events Manager, Leslie Warren at lesliewarren@vitalvoices.org. 

 

 

Vital Voices supported the creation of SEVEN as its NGO and content partner, providing the compelling stories of some of our phenomenal women leaders.

The Women of SEVEN

Marina Pisklakova-Parker – Russia

Against tremendous odds, in 1993, Marina Pisklakova-Parker founded the first hotline for victims of domestic violence in Russia. At the time, there was no name for domestic abuse in her country.  Despite reticent law enforcement and in the midst of threats from abusers, Marina persisted. Her efforts have since grown into Center ANNA, and a coalition of hundreds of crisis centers that provide counseling services to over 100,000 Russian women per year.

 

Mu Sochua – Cambodia

Mu Sochua is a Human Rights Advocate and the former Minister of Women’s Affairs in Cambodia (one of only two women in the government cabinet). She grew up outside of Cambodia, having been sent away for her protection by her parents who perished in the Killing Fields of Pol Pot.  She was co-nominated in 2005 for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work against sex trafficking of women in Cambodia and neighboring Thailand. After door-to-door visits to 482 villages Mu Sochua won a seat in Parliament in July 2008 and was re-elected in 2013.

 

Anabella De Leon – Guatemala

Anabella De Leon raised herself and her family from poverty in Guatemala by getting an education, which was exceptionally rare for a young woman coming from the poorest communities. In 1995, after earning a law degree, she became a member of Guatemala’s congress while devoting herself to the struggle for human rights.  She has received multiple death threats as a result of her fight against corruption and for the rights of the poor and indigenous peoples.

 

Inez McCormack – Northern Ireland (deceased 2013)

Inez McCormack was an internationally renowned and hugely influential human rights and Irish trade union activist. She was the first full-time female official of National Union of Public Employees (NUPE), the first female regional secretary of UNISON (Public Service Union) and the first female President of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. She played a critical role in the 1998 Good Friday Peace Accords and continued to advocate for equal rights and fair labor practices for women and minorities. In 2006, she founded the Participation and Practice of Rights Project, helping the disadvantaged access resources and services in Ireland, both North and South. Inez continued to advise and support PPR until her death in 2013.

 

Farida Azizi –  Afghanistan

Farida Azizi became an activist fighting the marginalization of women under Taliban rule in her native country of Afghanistan.  She often traveled alone to rural districts to bring medical supplies and care to women who were abused and persecuted by the Taliban. Threats to her life forced her to seek asylum in the United States where she now lives with her two children. She continues to work on women’s rights issues and peace-building for Afghanistan.

 

Hafsat Abiola – Nigeria  

Hafsat Abiola founded the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy and became an advocate for human rights and democracy in Nigeria following the murder of her activist parents.  The Initiative provides skill-training and leadership opportunities for young women across Nigeria. She served as the youngest member of the Ogun State cabinet in Nigeria and the Special Adviser on the Millennium Development Goals to the State governor.  She was educated in America at Harvard University.

 

Mukhtar Mai –  Pakistan  

Mukhtar Mai, at age 30, was gang raped in a form of honor revenge. Her harrowing story grabbed headlines across the world. Although the custom would be for her to commit suicide following a rape, she instead brought her rapists to justice, built schools to improve the conditions for young women, and became an advocate for education in her country. The organization she founded is the champion of women’s rights and education in the Southern region of Punjab Province, Pakistan. This region is known for some of the world’s worst examples of women’s rights violations. Her story has been the subject of numerous documentaries, books, and an opera.

 

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Upcoming Performances of SEVEN

La Jolla, CA | October 12, 2019

David & Dorthea Garfield Theatre
San Diego Center for Jewish Culture

 

Wilmington, NC | October 16, 2019

Kenan Auditorium
University of North Carolina 

 

Fairfax, VA | October 18, 2019

GMU Center for the Arts
George Mason University

 

Bloomsburg, PA | October 19, 2019

Carver Theater
Bloomsburg University  

 

College Station, TX | October 22, 2019

Rudder Theatre
Texas A & M University 

 

Branchburg, NJ | October 24, 2019

Theater at Raritan Valley
Community College
 

 

Flushing, NY | October 26-27, 2019

Queens Theatre

 

Richmond, VA | October 30, 2019

Modlin Center
Camp Concert Hall 

Holland, MI | February 22, 2020

Knickerbocker Theater
Hope College

Oxford, OH | February 25, 2020

Hall Auditorium
Miami University

 

Reading, PA | January 29, 2020

Miller Center for the Arts
Reading Area Community College

 

Harrisburg, PA | March 1, 2020

Rose Lehrman Arts Center
HACC

Middlebury, VT | March 3 – March 4, 2020

Wright Memorial Theatre
Middlebury College

West Palm Beach, FL | March 7 – March 8, 2020

Rinker Playhouse
Kravis Center

Winona, MN | March 11, 2020

Page Theatre – Saint Mary’s
University of Minnesota

Red Wing, MN | March 13, 2020

Sheldon Mainstage Theatre 

Collegeville, MN | March 14, 2020

Stephen B. Humphrey Theater
Saint John’s University

St Paul, MN | March 17, 2020

O’Shaughnessy Auditorium
St. Catherine’s University

 

Detroit Lakes, MN | March 19, 2020

Historic Holmes Theatre

Huntingdon, PA | March 21, 2020

Halbritter Center
Juniata College

Boone, NC | March 24, 2020

Schaefer Center Auditorium
Appalachian State University

Raleigh, NC | March 26, 2020

CenterStage
North Carolina State University

Blacksburg, VA | March 28, 2020

Fife Theatre – Moss Arts Center
Virginia Tech

New London, CT | March 31, 2020

John C. Evans Hall
Connecticut College

New Bedford, MA | April 2, 2020

Zeiterion Theatre  

Albany, NY | April 5, 2020

Main Theater – Performing Arts Center
University of Albany  

Ruston, LA | April 7, 2020

Stone Theatre
Louisiana Tech University  

 

 

Under the leadership of Producing Director, Susan Albert Loewenberg, L.A. Theatre Works (LATW) has been the foremost radio theater company in the United States for four decades. L.A. Theatre Works is broadcast weekly in America on public radio stations, daily in China on the Radio Beijing Network, streamed online at www.latw.org and programs are aired internationally on the BBC, CBC, and many other English language networks. LATW has single-handedly brought the finest recorded dramatic literature into the homes of millions. On the road, LATW has delighted audiences with its unique live radio theater style performances in over 300 small towns and major cities, including New York, Boston, San Francisco, Washington and Chicago, Beijing and Shanghai. An L.A. Theatre Works performance is immediate, spontaneous, and features a first-rate cast, live sound effects, and a connection to the audience rarely felt in a traditional theater setting. This theater… is an event.