The United Nations Department of Public Information, through its Creative Community Outreach Initiative (CCOI) has joined forces with Theatre for Humans a producing entity out of LA to create a play based on stories of women and girls throughout the world. The play will be “dedicated to telling the poignant stories of those impacted by current global issues.”
Andrea Ciannavei and the producers Susan Blyth and Terry Merkle of Theatre for Humans will travel across the world to ten countries over the next several months and meet with UN officers and women and girls to gather stories. The stories will focus “on violence against women, human trafficking, women as peacekeepers, girls in areas of conflict and women’s economic and political empowerment.”
The material will then be turned over to Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Marsha Norman who will create the play which will premiere in 2013. Here’s what Norman said about being involved in the project:
I am truly privileged to join this courageous production. We read these terrible stories every day in the paper and shudder. What I hope to do is create a play that investigates the ongoing violence toward women and children in the world, and searches for some kind of answer to the question, ‘What Can We Do?