Photo Coverage: Public Theater's In Darfur Reading

The Public Theater offered New Yorkers a free staged reading of Winter Miller's In Darfur in Central Park for one night only, on Monday, July 9th.  This reading continued the momentum generated by The Public's developmental production of In Darfur, which was highly successful in bringing audiences and artists together to raise awareness of the Darfur Crisis and encourage activism. The reading featured the original cast of The Public's production and was directed by Joanna Settle.

"Working as research assistant to Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at the New York Times, playwright Winter Miller is immersed in the issues surrounding the ongoing genocide in Darfur. In Darfur is the provocative account of three intertwined lives at a camp for internally displaced persons in Darfur. 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," state press materials.

The developmental production of In Darfur directed by Joanna Settle ran from April 13th to April 29th at The Public Theater.  In Darfur was also featured in the fall 2007 New Work Now!, The Public's nationally recognized festival of free play readings that showcases a new generation of playwrights. 

The cast of In Darfur included Ron Brice, Zainab Jah, Aaron Lohr, Heather Raffo, Maduka Steady, Sharon Washington and Rutina Wesley.  Following the reading, Public artistic director Oskar Eustis led a panel discussion.

Visit The Public Theater website at www.publictheater.org for more information.


Daoud Ibrahim Hari, Omer Ismail and Gouma Hari Mahamat (Translators)


Mara Manus, Arielle Tepper Madover, Joanna Settle and Winter Miller


Oskar Eustis, Mara Manus, Arielle Tepper Madover, Joanna Settle and Winter Miller


The cast: Leon Addison Brown, Rutina Wesley, Aaron Lohr, Maduka Steady, Ron Brice, Heather Raffo, Zainab Jah and Sharon Washington


The cast: Leon Addison Brown, Rutina Wesley, Aaron Lohr, Maduka Steady, Ron Brice, Heather Raffo, Zainab Jah and Sharon Washington


The Panel: (Back Row) John Prendergast, Samantha Power, Nicholas Kristof and Daoud Ibrahim Hari; (Front) Omer Ismail, Mia Farrow, Winter Miller and Mark Hanis


Samantha Power and Winter Miller


Mia Farrow and Winter Miller


Mia Farrow, Samantha Power and Winter Miller


Mia Farrow and Michael Cerveris


Mia Farrow and Michael Cerveris

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery (heartgallerynyc.org) and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See www.benstrothmann.com for more info.


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