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Someone is Sure to Come

The LAVA Center 324 Main Street, Greenfield, MA

Theater Thursdays Play Reading Series Someone is Sure to Come by Ellen W. Kaplan directed by Hilary Dennis November 11, 2021 7:30 p.m. A lyrical play that looks at the challenges of serving interminable sentences. Fantasy and poetry combine to create a kaleidoscopic portrait of life “inside.” Five prisoners offer poetry and monologues about facing execution, the living death of life without parole, and decades in solitary confinement, while a young woman feels like she is going mad, having absorbed the experience of her friends inside. She is disoriented, powerless, afloat on an imaginary iceberg in the Arctic Ocean, seeing things, hearing voices, forgetting the facts of her life, utterly disoriented and powerless. Others come and go – a guard; […]

Testimonies

The LAVA Center 324 Main Street, Greenfield, MA

Theater Thursdays Play Reading Series Testimonies by Ellen W. Kaplan directed by Hilary Dennis November 18, 2021 7:30 p.m. Testimonies is based on interviews with Ezidi (Yezidi) women in camps in Northern Iraq, in 2019. The Ezidi are a Kurdish-speaking religious minority who trace their roots back to ancient Mesopotamia. They practice a pre-Islamic religion, that draws inspiration from Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Traditionally, Ezidi are farmers and shepherds, but in the mid-seventies Saddam Husain had Ezidi villages destroyed and their inhabitants transferred to collective settlements. In August 2014, the Ezidi (Yezidi) people were subjected to genocide: thousands were massacred, kidnapped, enslaved, raped and tortured by the Islamic State (ISIS). This play reading includes sensitive subject matter. Following the [read more]

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