The lineup follows:
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.
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.