Orono, Maine–The University of Maine School of Performing Arts Theatre Division’s next Reader’s Theatre event will be the play “Seven” performed as part of UMaine’s Women’s History Celebration. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Minsky Recital Hall on the UMaine campus in Orono on Wednesday, March 27. Admission is free, disability accommodation requests can be made at (207)581-1781. The documentary play includes seven monologues that illuminate women’s inspiring journeys as leaders from around the world. Originally created in 2006 for Vital Voices Global Partnership, the play has been performed worldwide by many different groups.
UMaine Professor of Theatre Tom Mikotowicz says he decided to produce this script for the Reader’s Theatre program because, “With its emphasis on women and diversity, this play serves a number of purposes. First of all, as a theatre piece, it explores the plight of significant women throughout the world and the global politics that affected their personal lives. Second, our production will serve as a starting point for a discussion of the issues pertinent to women and international politics. Finally, through involving many of our regular and international students, this work will be a collaboration among several programs, which makes it an interdisciplinary effort.”
Mikotowicz has been working with UMaine’s Women’s Studies and International Programs to cast the production which will feature several international students.
The play was written by Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith and Susan Yankowitz.