WORLDWIDE READINGS PROJECT UKRAINE

Voices From Ukraine

Presented by Centaur Theatre in partnership with The Bakery and Imago Theatre
With Hosts Charles Bender and François Arnaud

Voices From Ukraine is an evening of staged readings in support of VOICES OF CHILDREN and the UKRAINIAN EMERGENCY ART FUND – organizations who are working on the ground during the current Russian invasion of Ukraine.

May 3, 2022

7PM

Admission is free and reservations are required

2 hours
This bilingual event features work from contemporary Ukrainian playwrights whose stories will help us understand, connect, and respond to this crisis.

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Since the invasion of Ukrainian territory on February 24th, theatres and cultural institutions have been silenced. Numerous historic venues, including the Grand Theatre in Mariupol, have sustained heavy bombardment costing inumerable human lives. 

The excerpts to be read will bear witness to the indestructible love for one’s homeland, and of the treacherous yet resilient road to freedom. Tales of recent struggles and of the Chernobyl disaster, the invasion of Crimea, the Maïdan revolution, and of the war for Donbass.

Admission is free and reservations are required.

Donations can be sent directly to:

VOICES OF CHILDREN

UKRAINIAN EMERGENCY ART FUND

 

Centaur asks that patrons and staff wear masks while circlating the building and when seated in the theatre. Read Centaur’s safety protocols.

Contributing Artists

Directed by Eda Holmes in collaboration with Leslie Baker (The Bakery)
With Hosts Charles Bender and Michel Marc Bouchard

Readers
Christian Bégin, Céline Bonnier, Kseniya Chernyshova, Clare Coulter, Ellen David, Marie-Thérèse Fortin, Rahul Gandhi, Alexis Gauthier, Gregory Hlady, Julie Le Breton, Sophie Lorain, Julie Tamiko Manning, Katherine Palyga (violinist), Anthony Therrien.

In the presence of
Katherine Smolynec, President of the National Ukrainian Federation

Play Titles

AT THE BEGINNING AND END OF TIME by Pavlo Arie (2013)
In the irradiated Chernobyl exclusion zone, paradoxically nature has reclaimed its rights and certain irreducible truths are maintained despite any ukaz or government edict. There survives, in spite of everything and everyone, Baba Prissia, a foul mouthed and rebellious grandmother; a bit of a healer, a bit of a witch.

THE GOSPELS ACCORDING TO LUCIFER by Anna Bagriana (2007)
A sublime vision of religion, simultaneously erotic and outlawed, imagined and political, the last bastion of sense within illusions.

A DICTIONARY OF EMOTIONS IN WAR TIME By Yelena Astasyeva (2022)
A contemporary lexicon of words currently used by civilians during wartime

THE LOST FUGITIVES by Neda Nejdana (2012)
The Lost Fugitives tells the story of a little community with a broken destiny. Men and women living in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. A piece of theatre with the allure of fables. A lucid fairy tale, without concessions. With fantastical escapes. Between dream and nightmare. Between the lightness of waking and the depths of sleep.

BAD ROADS by Natalya Vorozhbyt (2017)
In the farthest flung and remote regions of Ukraine, a war rages. A journalist makes a voyage of discovery to the front lines. Teenagers wait for soldiers on a bench. A medic cries for her lover, killed in an operation. Six fragments on the subject of the tender relationships between men and women, thrown together on the broken down roads of Donbass.

I WANT TO GO HOME by Oksana Savchenko  (2022)
A Ukrainian refugee struggles with the emotional aftermath of having left family members and her country in order to escape the war.

PLANTING THE APPLE TREE by IRINA GARETS (2022)
A Ukrainian grandmother during the Russian invasion tends to her orchard while mourning the loss of her children and grandchildren.

PAPER BOY by Vitaly Bilozir (2022)
A love poem between two boys, written by one of the youngest and brightest poets in Ukraine.

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