L. A. Theatre Works: SEVEN; 03/03–04/2020

Tuesday–Wednesday, March 3–4

L.A. Theatre Works: SEVEN

7:30 PM each evening; Wright Memorial Theatre 

Called a “national theatrical treasure” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, L.A. Theatre Works presents the riveting documentary play SEVEN. Written by seven female writers, it’s 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.

Q&A with the company after each performance.

Tickets: $22 General public/$16 Midd ID holders/$10 Youth (18 and under)/$6 Midd students

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An excerpt from L.A. Theatre Works' SEVEN. 

 


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SEVEN

Written by Carol K. Mack (who conceived the play), Anna Deavere Smith, Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Ruth Margraff, and Susan Yankowitz

Based on the lives of Marina Pisklakova-Parker (Russia), Mu Sochua (Cambodia), Anabella De Leon (Guatemala), Inez McCormack (Northern Ireland-deceased 2013), Farida Azizi (Afghanistan), Hafsat Abiola (Nigeria), and Mukhtar Mai (Pakistan) 

The cast includes Maritxell Carrero (Anabella De Leon), Lovlee Carroll (Mukhtar Mai), Tess Lina (Mu Sochua), Laila Ayad (Farida Azizi), Sarah Hollis (Hafsat Abiola-Costello), Ellis Greer (Inez McCormack), and Shannon Holt (Marina Pisklakova-Parker). 


Biographies
L.A. Theatre Works • The Cast • The Women of Seven

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 twenty-five years. LATW is broadcast weekly in America on public radio stations, streamed online at www.latw.org, and aired on additional international outlets including the BBC.

Using cutting-edge technology to preserve ephemeral live theatre, our model transcends the limits of the physical stage, making us the industry leader in providing access to live and recorded theatrical performances, with an unparalleled annual reach of millions. The company records its productions—with casts of critically acclaimed film and stage actors—in Los Angeles before an enthusiastic and loyal audience of season subscribers. Today, LATW’s Audio Theatre Collection includes more than 500 classic and contemporary titles – the largest library of its kind in the world. Much lauded, the Collection is available to the public in CD, digital download and app formats through LATW’s website, www.latw.org, and through retailers such as Amazon, iTunes, and Audible.com.

LATW has delighted audiences with its unique live radio theatre-style performances in over 200 small towns and major cities. 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, Setting the Stage for Learning and Library Access. Through The Play’s the Thing for Higher Education, LATW also makes over 300 digitized works from our collection available to universities and colleges across the country for use in a variety of disciplines.

For more information on these programs, LATW’s Audio Theatre Collection, national radio broadcast information, and other exciting projects, visit:www.latw.org.

The Cast

Maritxell Carrero (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 (Mukhtar Mai) has been seen on TV in Grey’s AnatomyHow to Get Away with Murder, and Scorpion, and in the films Candy CornThe Last Conception, and Await the Dawn

Tess Lina (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 HouseHow to get Away with MurderLaw and Order: Criminal Intent and others. 

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

Sarah Hollis (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 (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 (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.

The Women of SEVEN

Marina Pisklakova-Parker - Russia

Against tremendous odds, in 1993, Marina Pisklakova-Parker founded the first hotline for victims of domestic violence in Russia. At the time, there was no name for domestic abuse in her country. Despite reticent law enforcement and in the midst of threats from abusers, Marina persisted. Her efforts have since grown into Center ANNA, and a coalition of hundreds of crisis centers that provide counseling services to over 100,000 Russian women per year.

Mu Sochua - Cambodia

Mu Sochua is a Human Rights Advocate and the former Minister of Women’s Affairs in Cambodia (one of only two women in the government cabinet). She grew up outside of Cambodia, having been sent away for her protection by her parents who perished in the Killing Fields of Pol Pot. She was co-nominated in 2005 for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work against sex trafficking of women in Cambodia and neighboring Thailand. After door-to-door visits to 482 villages, Mu Sochua won a seat in Parliament in July 2008 and was re-elected in 2013.

Anabella De Leon – Guatemala

Anabella De Leon raised herself and her family from poverty in Guatemala by getting an education, which was exceptionally rare for a young woman coming from the poorest communities. In 1995, after earning a law degree, she became a member of Guatemala’s congress while devoting herself to the struggle for human rights. She has received multiple death threats as a result of her fight against corruption and for the rights of the poor and indigenous peoples.

Inez McCormack – Northern Ireland (deceased 2013)

Inez McCormack was an internationally renowned and hugely influential human rights and Irish trade union activist. She was the first full-time female official of the National Union of Public Employees (NUPE), the first female regional secretary of UNISON (Public Service Union) and the first female President of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. She played a critical role in the 1998 Good Friday Peace Accords and continued to advocate for equal rights and fair labor practices for women and minorities. In 2006, she founded the Participation and Practice of Rights Project, helping the disadvantaged access resources and services in Ireland, both North and South. Inez continued to advise and support PPR until her death in 2013.

Farida Azizi – Afghanistan

Farida Azizi became an activist fighting the marginalization of women under Taliban rule in her native country of Afghanistan. She often traveled alone to rural districts to bring medical supplies and care to women who were abused and persecuted by the Taliban. Threats to her life forced her to seek asylum in the United States where she now lives with her two children. She continues to work on women’s rights issues and peace-building for Afghanistan.

Hafsat Abiola – Nigeria

Hafsat Abiola founded the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy and became an advocate for human rights and democracy in Nigeria following the murder of her activist parents. The Initiative provides skill-training and leadership opportunities for young women across Nigeria. She served as the youngest member of the Ogun State cabinet in Nigeria and the Special Adviser on the Millennium Development Goals to the State governor. She was educated in America at Harvard University.

Mukhtar Mai – Pakistan

Mukhtar Maiat age 30, was gang-raped in a form of honor revenge. Her harrowing story grabbed headlines across the world. Although the custom would be for her to commit suicide following a rape, she instead brought her rapists to justice, built schools to improve the conditions for young women, and became an advocate for education in her country. The organization she founded is the champion of women’s rights and education in the Southern region of Punjab Province, Pakistan. This region is known for some of the world’s worst examples of women’s rights violations. Her story has been the subject of numerous documentaries, books, and an opera.

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