Bradley University Theatre opens its 2022-2023 season with two benefit performances of play readings from selected works by Ukrainian writers, all written since the beginning of the brutal war in their country.
Part of an International initiative by some 200 participating organizations, theatres, and universities in many countries, the event gives voice to the vigorous response by artists and theatre makers throughout Ukraine. All performances are presented free of charge, with audience members encouraged to contribute to approved sources of relief and aid to artists and writers in Ukraine as well as charitable organizations providing support for the millions of civilians displaced by the war.
“These short theatre pieces offer a bracing opportunity for our audiences to experience some of most raw, compelling, and immediate theatrical responses to events in Ukraine,” says Scott Kanoff, Chair of Theatre Arts at Bradley. “The list of plays is growing daily, and we’re actually making selections in real time as that happens,” he adds. Kanoff notes that the offerings span a broad range of styles, and often lean toward the surreal “When you consider the seeming surreality of events in the Azov steel plant or the Russian bombing of the theatre in Mariupol last spring, a building in which hundreds of sheltering civilians, many of them children, were killed, the surreal makes perfect sense as a means of expression. These plays aren’t so easy to listen to, but they represent
the sound of voices inside.”
Bradley Theatre Associate Professor Dan Matisa will direct the performances, with a cast featuring students from first-years to seniors.
Voices from Ukraine begins a season of five offerings by the department of Theatre Arts. Other shows include Hearts Like Fists, a romantic mystery combining elements of film noir, comic books and martial arts; A Christmas Carol Radio Play-Onstage!, a live theatre version of the annual BU Theatre radio broadcast of the Dickens classic; Agatha Christie’s The Mouse Trap-the longest running play in history; and Songs for Spring, musical revue featuring members of the department’s new musical theatre workshop.
Bradley University Theatre presents
VOICES FROM UKRAINE, presented in association with Worldwide Ukrainian
Directed by Dan Matisa
When: Two nights only- Friday & Saturday, September 16 & 17, at 7:30PM
Where: The Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts
Admission: Free; Reservations Recommended
Donations encouraged (Patrons will be directed to approved charities
Tickets and information:
• Cultural Events Box Office: 309-677-2650