Buried Words, Seeds of Hope
The Creative Production Team Includes:
PARTNERING WITH: John Freedman, Maksym Kurochkin, & Philip Arnoult’s CITD.
FEATURING WORK BY: Pavlo Arie, Iryna Harets and Anastasiia Kosodii. Additional texts by Serhiy Zhadan, Vira Hanchar & Nadia Tarnawsky.
The Worldwide Ukrainian Play Readings (WUPR) emerged immediately after the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022. John Freedman reached out to Maksym Kurochkin, the artistic director of the THEATRE OF PLAYWRIGHTS in Kyiv, with a proposal to share contemporary Ukrainian writing with the world that would offer a first draft of history through the lens of the playwright. Philip Arnoult and the Center for International Theatre Development (CITD) gave a huge kick-start to the program, providing generous $1000 commission grants to over 20 Ukrainian playwrights. These monologues, tales, diaries and experimental texts formed the backbone of WUPR and have helped to raise $500,000 for Ukrainian-based organizations. Events have taken place in the U.S., the U.K., Hong Kong, Finland, Germany, Austria and 25 other countries. WUPR now represents approximately 60 writers and over 160 texts, having curated over 475 readings, productions, films, and videos. The original works written by the members of the Theater of Playwrights are published by Laertes Press in A Dictionary of Emotions in a Time of War: 20 Short Works by Ukrainian Playwrights.
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) Cleveland’s staff and volunteers rebuild the lives of refugees with a focus on dignity. From the refugee family’s arrival at Cleveland’s airport, to their first day at their new jobs, USCRI’s comprehensive social services ensure refugees have the resources they need to become healthy, secure, and self-sufficient members of our community.
Cleveland Maidan Association is a humanitarian aid organization that has been organizing aid to Ukraine for nearly 10 years. Their efforts have supported those impacted by the war in Ukraine through medical, financial, and other in-kind donations such as clothing, vehicles, and generators. With volunteers both in the US and on the ground in Ukraine, they work to make sure that aid is delivered to where it is most needed quickly and effectively.
Production image is Acquaintance by Ukrainian Artist Khrystyna Bodnaruk.