Public Theater and Donmar Warehouse Team Up In Darfur July 9

News   Public Theater and Donmar Warehouse Team Up In Darfur July 9 Two influential theatre companies on either side of the Atlantic will tackle a global crisis when London's Donmar Warehouse joins forces with The Public Theater in presenting concurrent productions of In Darfur July 9.

As previously reported, the Public Theater remounts Winter Miller's play, which according to press notes, "is the provocative account of three intertwined lives at a camp for Internally Displaced Persons in Darfur. The story follows an aid-worker's mission to save and protect lives, a journalist's pursuit to deliver a Page One story and a Darfuri woman's quest for safety. It is a searing story of urgency and international significance."

The 3 PM Donmar reading is for an invited audience, with a cast including Obi Abili, Adjoa Andoh, Michelle Bonnard, Sarah Paul, and Ony Uhiara. Charlotte Westenra directs.

Regarding the production, Donmar artistic director Michael Grandage said in a statement, "We are delighted and honoured to be sharing the global platform for Winter Miller's important play and enabling the ongoing tragedy of Darfur to be heard on both sides of the Atlantic on this one day."

The 8 PM Public Theater performance will be followed by a post-show discussion led by Public artistic director Oskar Eustis, and will also include Mark Hanis, Omer Ismail, Nicholas Kristof, Samantha Power and John Prendergast. Before the performance, Darfuri refugee and activist Daoud Ibarahaem Hari will provide brief introductory remarks about the crisis in Darfur.

In New York, Joanna Settle directs the Public's original cast: Ron Brice, Leon Addison Brown, Zainab Jah, Aaron Lohr, Heather Raffo, Maduka Steady, Sharon Washington and Rutina Wesley. The New York presentation of In Darfur will take place at the Delacorte Theatre. Tickets are free and available on the day of the performance at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park and at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street.

For additional information call (212) 539-8750 or visit the Public Theater website at www.publictheater.org