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In Darfur, a play by Winter Miller


In Darfur

"Based on a real case in Darfur's Kalma camp... it's an excellent, poignant play."
~ Nicholas D. Kristof, NY Times

The story

Orange County for Darfur and Moving Target Theatre are pleased to present In Darfur, a provocative account of three intertwined lives at a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Darfur, Sudan.  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...

Dates:
All throughout 2009. 

Please check dates and locations for specific performance times.

Where:
All over Southern California.

at churches, synagogues, mosques, high schools etc.

Cost:  FREE

The play is approximately 1 hour 15 min long.
A discussion / Q&A session will follow each performance.

If you'd like to schedule a performance, please contact us or call us
at (949) 300-4100. 

Due to adult themes and language, this play may not be suitable for young children.


Orange County for Darfur

Orange County for Darfur is a grassroots project under Living Ubuntu. We are dedicated to increasing local community awareness of the suffering in Darfur and the surrounding regions; and to encouraging our elected officials and others in position of influence to take effective action to stop the genocide.

If you would like to get involved, join our mailing list and attend a meeting held every other Tuesday at 6:30pm. 

Visit ocfordarfur.org for more information. 


Moving Target Theatre

Moving Target Theatre partners with progressive organizations to bring theatre that engages the social issues of our times directly to the community. Our “theatre” consists of community centers, churches, mosques, synagogues, union halls and schools – the places where people gather to discuss and organize action around the issues that affect their lives. 

Michael David Fox is the founder and Artistic Director of Moving Target Theatre.  If you’re interested in working with us on a theatre project that you would like to bring directly to your community, please contact us at movingtargettheatre@gmail.com.

You can also visit us on Facebook.


Play history

In 2006, Winter Miller was a research assistant to Nicholas Kristof, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist who has been one of the earliest and consistent voices advocating for Darfur.  She accompanied Kristof on a trip to Darfur, and saw first hand the effects of the genocide.

We slept in aid compounds and beneath the stars. I met young children with bandages over bullet wounds. I saw my first human dying, a man -- no more than twenty years old -- who was fighting on the side of the Janjaweed and had attacked the village next to his for two hundred dollars and had been shot. I saw children eager for any diversion to distract from the boredom and hopelessness of life in a refugee camp. I saw entire villages burned to ashes, I talked to young girls who had been raped not 48 hours earlier.

After returning she began to write the play based on the stories she'd heard and experienced in the refugee camps.  Hawa, the lead character in the play is based on one of the people she met on this trip 

Read more about Winter Miller. 


Why are we doing this?

In today’s world, we are bombarded with images in film, TV, Internet and more. It can feel mind-numbing or overwhelming at times to encounter so many horrors so often. Yet, compassion arises when there is a story that we relate to, that for some reason touches something deep within us. We invite you to come and hear the story of Hawa, and the others she encounters. Her story, told through the near to real life experience that theater can portray, is based on a real life woman from Darfur.

Darfur has been embroiled in a deadly conflict for seven years now.  At least 400,000 people have been killed; more than 2.7 million innocent civilians have been forced to flee their homes... and more than 3.5 million men, women, and children are completely reliant on international aid for survival. 

Not since the Rwandan genocide of 1994 has the world seen such a calculated campaign of displacement, starvation, rape, and mass slaughter

(from savedarfur.org)

Ending genocide is not easy, but the biggest obstacle is engaging enough caring people, willing to get involved in a sustained effort. This is what is required in order to help mobilize the political will required for strong, consistent attention being paid to this crisis.

The mobile production of In Darfur is part of our campaign to raise awareness of the ongoing suffering, and help end the genocide in Darfur.


Contact

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.  Or call us at (949) 300-4100.



In Darfur

produced by

Orange County for Darfur

Moving Target Theatre


“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
- Desmond Tutu


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