Women On Stage For Peace (Festival de Mujeres en Escena por la Paz)

WHAT DO I KNOW ABOUT WAR?, Written and Performed by Margo Lee Sherman. Photos by Jason Sturm.
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Country and Region ColombiaCundinamarca
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival Bogota, Cundinamarca, Colombia
Festival Contact Information

Corporación Colombiana de Teatro - Sala Seki Sano
Calle 12 Nº 2 - 65
Bogotá D.C. - Colombia
Phone: +57 2848687, or +573429621
Online contact form: http://www.corporacioncolombianadeteatro.com

Festival Description

The festival features predominantly Colombian women in addition to an international network of women who utilize the arts for the social movement of peace. The field of programming features artistic expression in the form of theatre, dance, art and performance. Since 1994 the Festival has recognized the important value of women in social movements and their natural ability to cross barriers in a range of human rights projects.

Festival Dates November 20 - December 15, 2012
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Performance feature 2012:
    Written and Performed by Margo Lee Sherman
    Directed by Andrea Maddox
    Designed by Sarah Harris
  • About the performance
    • WHAT DO I KNOW ABOUT WAR? is based on first-hand accounts of American troops who have served in Iraq and interviews with their families. The show takes an unflinching look at the inevitable dehumanization of war. From two 19-year-old girls who leave home for the first time to serve in Iraq and are killed in battle, to a National Guardsman who becomes a conscientious objector in the wake of Abu Ghraib, Ms Sherman’s compassionate portrayal of 14 real-life characters conveys the many dimensions of this complex tragedy. The New York Times hailed the show as…“brilliant…surreal…like eavesdropping on a small, sorrowful town… a one-woman show that puts a face to the words of soldiers in the Iraq war.”
  • Biographies
    • Margo Lee Sherman is an international performer of solo dramas and one of the formative members of the Bread and Puppet Theater. She has created over 30 shows and performed at numerous theater festivals throughout Europe and the Middle East. In 1989, she was the first artist permitted to perform the plays of Samuel Beckett (NOT I and FOOTFALLS) in Czechoslovakia after a 20-year ban on Beckett’s work. NOT I is featured in WAITING FOR BECKETT, an award-winning film that has been televised nationally on PBS. Ms Sherman teaches a workshop, “The Other Side of the Mask.” In November 2011, she taught at the International Women in Action Conference at the American Consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan. Ms Sherman creates her shows at Theater for the New City in New York. She is currently working on a show about Palestine. She has performed WHAT DO I KNOW ABOUT WAR? at theaters, colleges, universities, galleries and peace centers in the United States. She has also performed abridged versions for young people in the New York City school system. In 2008, Ms Sherman performed at the 20th Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theater (CIFET) and at the American University in Cairo. She was invited to introduce one-person documentary theater to the students at Shanghai University. In 2009, she performed at the “Maria” International Festival of One-Woman Shows in Kiev, Ukraine. In April 2012, Ms Sherman taught and performed at Siena College in Loudonville, New York.
    • Sarah Harris, A Milwaukee native, Sarah moved to NYC after two years in Phoenix working for Phoenix Theatre, Black Theatre Troupe, Childsplay, Southwest Shakespeare, Theatre Works, and Actor’s Theatre. While Sarah is experienced in most aspects of theatre, her focus lies in Scenic Design and Scenic Painting. She is currently the Technical Director at Theater for the New City. Additionally, she has worked for Transport Theater Group, Themendous, John Creech Design and Production, Jerard Studio, CAP21, Plaza Theatrical, Cause Célèbre, The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, and Punch Drunk.


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  • Patricia Ariza, Festival Director, Artist/Activist (The Toronto Star, May 21, 2012)
    Panamerican Routes: Transplanting Latin political theatre in Toronto http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/onstage/article/1181854—panamerican-routes-transplanting-latin-political-theatre-in-toronto
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