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L.A. Theatre Works Brings Riveting Docudrama SEVEN to Wright Theatre on March 3 & 4

February 14, 2020

Middlebury, VT—L.A. Theatre Works has been called a “national theatrical treasure” by the Philadelphia Inquirer. The premier radio theatre company brings its riveting documentary play SEVEN to Wright Memorial Theatre on March 3 and 4 as part of the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series’ 100th anniversary season.

Written by seven female writers, the play is based on personal interviews with seven remarkable women who faced life-threatening obstacles—resistance, death threats, entrenched norms, and pervasive violence—yet later brought heroic changes to their home countries of Pakistan, Nigeria, Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Russia, and Cambodia. SEVEN makes the powerful and timeless statement that even in the darkest times, one person, one voice, and a single act of courage can change the lives of thousands.

Mahaney Arts Center Director Liza Sacheli is honored to present this powerful work. “This play matches seven incredible, real-life women with seven remarkable playwrights, whose works are then portrayed by seven dynamic actresses from the L.A. film and theatre scene. It’s a powerful evening of theatre, and perfect for the lead-up to International Women’s Day on March 8.”

 

The Women of SEVEN

SEVEN was written by playwrights Carol K. Mack (who conceived the play), Anna Deavere Smith, Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Ruth Margraff, and Susan Yankowitz. It is based on the real lives of Marina Pisklakova-Parker (founder of the first hotline for victims of domestic violence in Russia), Mu Sochua (Human Rights Advocate and the former Minister of Women’s Affairs in Cambodia), Anabella De Leon (Guatemalan congresswoman and human rights advocate), Inez McCormack (human rights and trade union activist in Northern Ireland), Farida Azizi (Afghani activist fighting the marginalization of women under Taliban rule), Hafsat Abiola (Nigerian human rights and democracy advocate), and Mukhtar Mai (champion of women’s rights and education in Pakistan).

 

About the Cast

Maritxell Carrero (portraying Anabella De Leon) was lead actress in the Peter Sellars opera The Indian Queen, performed at the English National Opera and the Bolshoi Theater. Her TV credits include Dame Chocolate and Bajo Las Riendas del Amor.

Lovlee Carroll (portraying Mukhtar Mai) has been seen on TV in Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, and Scorpion, and in the films Candy Corn, The Last Conception, and Await the Dawn.

Tess Lina (portraying Mu Sochua) has a lengthy list of stage credits including those with The Guthrie Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, and the Mark Taper Forum. On television, she has been seen in House, How to Get Away with Murder, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and others.

Laila Ayad (portraying Farida Azizi) has performed Off-Broadway and in the national tour of The Mystery of King Tut. On television, she has been seen in Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and others.

Sarah Hollis (portraying Hafsat Abiola-Costello) has been in the films The Russian Doll and Kill Your Darlings, and on television in The Unit and 24.

Ellis Greer (portraying Inez McCormack) is an L.A. Theatre Works regular, performing in Die Mommie Die, Jefferson’s Garden, and The Goodbye Girl. Her film work includes Bastard.

Shannon Holt (portraying Marina Pisklakova-Parker) is an L.A. Theatre Works regular, and her long list of credits includes roles for The Public Theatre and Trinity Rep and appearances on a wide range of TV series such as ER and Seinfeld.

 

About L.A. Theatre Works

Under the leadership of Producing Director Susan Albert Loewenberg, L.A. Theatre Works (LATW) has been the foremost radio theatre company in the United States for more than 25 years. They are broadcast weekly in the US on public radio stations, streamed online, and aired on additional international outlets including the BBC.

LATW was founded in 1974 to give voice to underrepresented groups, bring attention to new plays and playwrights, and produce plays that address critical historical, cultural and social issues. In the 1990’s, LATW embraced audio recording; their goal was to record and preserve great performances of important stage plays, using new technology to make world-class theatre accessible to the widest possible audience, and to expand the use of theatre as a teaching tool. Today, LATW is the nation’s leading producer of audio theatre. Their catalog includes more than 500 classic and contemporary titles—the largest library of its kind in the world. Over 3,000 public high schools and 2,000 underserved libraries nationwide use the recordings and accompanying study guides to teach language arts, literature, history, and civics through LATW’s education programs.

In addition to their recorded work, LATW has delighted audiences with their unique live radio theatre-style performances in over 200 small towns and major cities across the country.

There is a great deal being shared, but it is portrayed clearly, and movingly, and it is certainly inspirational. The audience was on its feet at the end of the performance. —DC Metro Theater Arts

 

Performance Details

L.A. Theatre Works will present SEVEN at 7:30 P.M. on Tuesday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 4 at Wright Memorial Theatre, on the campus of Middlebury College. A Q&A with the company will follow each show, and Wednesday’s performance will be presented with sign language interpretation. Wright Theatre is located at 96 Chateau Road in Middlebury, just off Route 125. Free parking is available on Route 125, on Old Chapel Road, and in the College parking lot off Shannon Street, with handicap-accessible parking available on Chateau Road. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $16 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; $10 for youth; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://www.middlebury.edu/arts.

 

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Caption: L.A. Theatre Works brings the powerful play “SEVEN” to Middlebury College March 3 and 4. Photo by Rich Rose

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