[CREECA] Being Harold Pinter: A Dramatic Reading

Being Harold Pinter: A Dramatic Reading
Directed by Andy Wiginton, Adapted and directed by Vladimir Shcherban and produced by Nikolai Khalezin and Natalia Kolida.

Date and Time:
January 27, 2011 at 7 p.m.; Free and open to the public.

UT (University Theatre) Hemsley Theatre / Vilas Communication Hall, 821 University Avenue, Madison

Supported by:
The Department of Theatre and Drama, and the Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia (CREECA).

About the Event:
On December 19, 2010 in Minsk, Belarus, over 600 people were arrested following a violent crackdown by the government of Aleksandr Lukashenko. Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994, claimed to have won 79% of the votes in what is widely considered a fraudulent election. Among those arrested were the theatre artists of the company Belarus Free Theatre.

Although the managing director has been jailed for so-called “illegal activities,” the other members of the company went underground and managed to get to New York City for scheduled performances of, among other plays, Being Harold Pinter.

As a sign of support for the people of Belarus, which is known as “the last true dictatorship in the heart of Europe,” stage readings or performances of Being Harold Pinter are being held throughout the United States in the month of January. This Madison reading is being coordinated by Manon van de Water, professor of theatre and drama at UW-Madison.

For more information on the “Free Belarus Project” see: http://fbnow.wordpress.com/

For more information about the Madison reading, please contact mvandewa@wisc.edu

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