International Performance at Soho Playhouse Echoes Obama's Campaign to End Violence Against Women

News   International Performance at Soho Playhouse Echoes Obama's Campaign to End Violence Against Women
Coinciding with the World Day for Social Justice on Feb. 20, female actors from around the globe are gathering at Soho Playhouse for three special performances of Breaking the Silence with Girl Be Heard.

Running Feb. 19-21, the show, which is told through a series of monologues and songs, is based on real reports and experiences and highlights the global issues faced by millions of women daily. The New York staging comes just two weeks after President Obama announced his campaign at the 2015 Grammy Awards telecast to end violence against women and girls.

Previously performed in Geneva and London, Breaking the Silence with Girl Be Heard is an awareness-raising play that was written for the Women’s Division of Human Rights Watch. It is a collaboration featuring selections from Breaking the Silence, written for Human Rights Watch, and Trafficked and disPLACED by Girl Be Heard; Katrina Syran directs. It was selected for the closing ceremony for Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict hosted by William Hague and Angelina Jolie, and will be performed in The Hague in April.

According to press notes, "The performance is based on fact and exposes the greater universal truths. Issues raised range from trafficking, child marriage to domestic violence, and rape as a war crime; while also addressing wider related issues of refugees, the right to a voice and the right to ownership and education."

Girl Be Heard is a non-profit theatre and educational program that provides a safe environment for girls to write, direct and perform theatre productions under the guidance of professional directors, playwrights, actors, activists and intellectuals. 

Tickets and more information are available by visiting Soho Playhouse is located at 15 Vandam St., New York.

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