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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Performance of “SEVEN” to Benefit the Inclusion Center (SLC: Feb 22)

Fran Pruyn
Pygmalion Theatre Company
Ph: 801-971-4362

Saundra Stokes 
Inclusion Center
Associate Director


Performance of “SEVEN” to Benefit the Inclusion Center

Salt Lake City, Utah – February 14, 2012:  Pygmalion Theatre Company will offer a performance of “SEVEN” to benefit the Inclusion Center for Community and Justice, February 22, 2012, 7:30 pm, at the Black Box Theatre, Rose Wagner Center for the Performing Arts.

“Seven” and the Inclusion Center are linked by the common theme of overcoming oppression.  “Seven” is a documentary play that tells the true stories of seven women from seven different countries who have surmounted tremendous obstacles to combat trafficking, violence, and other human-rights abuses.  The Inclusion Center offers education and programming dedicated to helping people to understand oppression and prejudice and to find inclusive solutions to the problems of conflict, bigotry and discrimination.

For the play, seven award-winning women playwrights--Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deveare-Smith, and Susan Yankowitz--interviewed women's rights activists from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Guatemala, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, and Russia.  “Seven” is a groundbreaking piece of theatre that gives voice to their remarkable experiences.

"Riveting, explosive, and inspiring drama, starkly emotive, reaffirm[s] the belief that one person could indeed make a difference." -Huffington Post.

Mukhtar Mai of Pakistan is one of these women. She was gang-raped in retaliation for her brother’s “crime” of loving a woman from a higher caste. Mukhtar’s audacity in pressing charges against her attackers, rather than committing suicide, is only part of her story. Marina Pisklakova-Parker started a one-woman domestic violence hotline in Russia, a country that had no laws against domestic violence or resources for its victims, which include almost 75% of married Russian women. The playwrights have brilliantly interwoven the common threads of these seven compelling stories, revealing a pattern of hope, determination, and the power of one woman to make a difference.

“The play powerfully portrays the transformative way that seven courageous women have changed their societies for the better – from peace-building, to fighting corruption, to combating violence against women.” -US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton

“Seven” is directed by Lane Richins, and features Nova Calverly Chase, Tamara Johnson-Howell, Kerry Lee, Toni Lugo, Teresa Sanderson, Angela Trusty, and Betsy West.

After the benefit performance, “Seven” will run February 23 through March 10.
Showtimes are: Thursdays, 7:30 pm; Fridays & Saturdays 8 pm; Sunday matinees 2 pm; with one Saturday matinee March 10 at 3:00 pm.  All shows at the Rose Wagner Center for the Arts, 138 W. Broadway. Tickets are available through ArtTix at 801-355-ARTS or www.arttix.org

Pygmalion Theatre Company produces plays that reflect issues, concerns, and shared experiences in the lives of women.


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