LaMaMa to Present Four Days for Darfur Fundraiser April 27-30

News   LaMaMa to Present Four Days for Darfur Fundraiser April 27-30
 
LaMaMa has united with film producer Doug Claybourne and playwright L.D. Napier to raise awareness and support funding for the crisis in Darfur.

Four Days for Darfur, running April 27-30, commences with a gala celebrity auction and cocktail reception to raise funds for organizations providing aid for ground services of refugees in Darfur. The April 27 6 PM gala takes place at the LaMaMa Galleria, located at 6 East First Street in Manhattan.

The three following evenings showcase the New York premiere of Napier's drama The G-Word: For Those Born Later. Napier directs his work that incorporates true stories from Darfurians that tell the history and ongoing atrocities of the genocide.

The cast for G-Word includes Steven Taylor, Bryan Hicks, Kevin Orton, Scott Sowers, Mark Dold, Sean Meehan, Chantal Jean-Pierre, Amanda McGee and Sheila Dabney. The production is an Actors Equity-approved benefit.

"We say 'never again,'" Napier stated in a release, "and yet, it is happening now. Most people are not aware that six million Jews had already been killed before the U.S. got involved during WWII. I grew up learning about the holocaust and wondering what I would have done had I been there. How could people have stood by? Then Rwanda happened. Bosnia happened. And I did nothing. In June 2005, President Bush named the genocide in Darfur. What was I waiting for? That crucial moment when there is nothing left to do but regret? There are many on-going tragedies in the world, and this can be used as a justification to inaction. BUT...if it is genocide, are we not all responsible to stop it?"

The proceeds from the four-day event will benefit "Darfur Peace and Development - the umbrella for Darfur Schools for Peace and their new Women's Center which includes a rape crisis project; Genocide Intervention Network for support with their citizen protection program and Oxfam for food and water," according to Four Days for Darfur press materials. Performances of The G-Word: For Those Born Later will take place at LaMaMa's Annex, located at 74A East 4th Street in Manhattan. For performance-only tickets phone (212) 475-7710 or visit www.lamama.org.

Four Days for Darfur gala fundraiser tickets may be purchased by phoning (718) 499-1345 or by visiting www.ForThoseBornLater.org.

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