Farrow, Curry and More to Participate in In Darfur Panels at the Public

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Mia Farrow and Ann Curry will be among the participants in the Public Theater's "Conversations on Darfur," a series of post-show discussions with aid workers, activists and journalists following performances of the theatre's developmental production of Winter Miller's play In Darfur.

The lineup follows:

  • April 13: Brian Steidle, former African Union observer in Darfur (followed by a book-signing in the lobby)
  • April 14 (8 PM show): Jerry Farrell, aid worker
  • April 15 (3 PM show): Ann Curry, journalist for NBC's "Dateline" and "Today"
  • April 17: David Rubenstein, executive director of the Save Darfur Coalition; Denise Bell, Sudan Country Specialist for Amnesty International USA
  • April 18: Ambassador Donald Steinberg, vice-president and director of the New York office of the International Crisis Group, where he is responsible for advocacy with the United Nations and its member states
  • April 19: David L. Phillips, executive director of The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity
  • April 20: Daoud Ibarahaem Hari, a refugee from Darfur who was imprisoned last summer with an American journalist while serving as the journalist's translator
  • April 22 (7 PM show): Susan Burgess-Lent, program director at Darfur Peace and Development Organization; Gouma Hari Mahamat, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Darfur, Sudan and active in The Darfur People's Association; Yahya Osman, foreign affairs secretary for the Darfur People's Association and leading member of the Darfur Rehabilitation Project
  • April 26 Benefit Performance: Mia Farrow, actor-activist
  • April 28 at (2 PM and 8 PM shows): Mark Hanis, founder and executive director of The Genocide Intervention Network
  • April 29 (3 PM show): Jon Sawyer, director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting; Bill Berkeley, author of "The Graves are Not Yet Full: Race, Tribe and Power in the Heart of Africa." *

    Joanna Settle is directing the play — a fictional account of lives affected by the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan — which runs April 13-29. The cast is Heather Raffo, Aaron Lohr, Sharon Washington, Rutina Wesley, Zainab Jah, Ron Brice and Maduka Steady.


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    In addition to writing plays, Miller is a research assistant to Nicholas Kristof, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist who has helped raise awareness about the genocide in Darfur. In March 2006 Miller accompanied Kristof and the NBC News anchor Ann Curry to Darfur to conduct research for the play. The project was part of the Guthrie Theater and PlayLabs "Two Headed Challenge," in which a playwright writes a play with the guidance of someone outside the theatre world. The play tells the story of three intertwined lives at a camp for internally displaced persons in Darfur: an aid worker trying to save lives, a journalist pursuing a story and a Darfuri woman seeking safety.

    An April 26 benefit performance of the play will include a post-show discussion with Mia Farrow and other guests. The benefit will be one of many post-show discussions — collectively titled "Conversations on Darfur" — with aid workers, activists, and journalists including Curry.

    The Public is also partnering with the Save Darfur Coalition and the Genocide Intervention Network (GI-Net) to create opportunities in the theatre lobby for audience members to take action on Darfur immediately after seeing the play. The play coincides with "Global Days for Darfur," a week of rallies, marches and vigils around the world organized by the Save Darfur Coalition from April 23-30. Tickets cost $15, and 20 percent of the price will be donated to Save Darfur Coalition, the Genocide Intervention Network and other Darfur-related organizations.

    The Public's production will not be open to reviews, as it is intended to give Miller a chance to develop the play. In Darfur was read at the Public's New Work Now! festival this past fall. Kristof and Curry participated in a discussion after the reading.

    Miller's other plays include The Penetration Play (produced in New York by 13Playwrights), Cake and Ice Cream, Greetings from Vietnam and Wish You Were Here.

    For tickets, visit the Public Theater box office, call (212) 967-7555 or visit www.publictheater.org. The Public Theater is located in Manhattan at 425 Lafayette Street.

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