'Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog from Iraq' at West End Theatre from the 11 - 27 Mar 2005
Six Figures Theatre Company presents Baghdad Burning: A Girl Blog From Iraq, a full-length play adapted from the ï¿½Girl Blog from Iraqï¿½ written by Riverbend, an anonymous twenty-five-year old Iraqi woman living in Baghdad. The show plays at the West End Theatre from the 11 -27 Mar 2005
Already familiar to thousands of web surfers and a major influence in the blogging community, Riverbendï¿½s text will be brought to life through Baghdad Burning: A Girl Blog From Iraq, a stage adaptation by Six Figures artistic director Kimberly Kefgen and literary manager Loren Ingrid Noveck.
Since August 2003, Riverbend has chronicled her day-to-day life as an educated Muslim woman in occupied Iraq with humor, insight, compassion, and candor. A multicultural ensemble cast will utilize music, movement, monologue and more, to explore Americaï¿½s encounter with Riverbendï¿½s complex reality: her love for Iraq and its people; the devastation caused by war and occupation; and her mounting fear as fundamentalists gain power and limit the freedoms she once enjoyed.
ï¿½Six Figures is dedicated to supporting womenï¿½s voices that might not otherwise be heard,ï¿½ says director Kimberly Kefgen. ï¿½Riverbendï¿½s voice leaps off the computer screen and calls for people to witness the remarkable story of a young woman maneuvering through extraordinary times. Baghdad Burning: A Girl Blog From Iraq is meant to create community dialogue about the implications of our policy in Iraq and to investigate stories that are not being told. Riverbendï¿½s tagline is ï¿½letï¿½s talk war, politics and occupationï¿½ ï¿½ Six Figures hopes to do just that.ï¿½
Several talk-back sessions are scheduled throughout the run and will feature the cast, director and a series of guest speakers. Six Figures is excited to partner with the Feminist Press, who will be releasing Riverbendï¿½s entries from August 2003 ï¿½ September 2004 as a paperback book this May. Ms. magazine will also be serializing these entries in the coming months.
The creative team for Baghdad Burning: A Girl Blog From Iraq includes: Kimberly Kefgen, Director and Adaptor; Loren Ingrid Noveck, Literary Manager and Adaptor; and Stacy Conner, Stage Manager. The cast includes: Becca Blackwell, Deepti Gupta, Cassandra Vincent, and Andrew Zimmerman.
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