Almasi presents riveting play

HARARE - Almasi Collaborative Arts, a Zimbabwean-American dramatic arts organisation founded by Danai Gurira and Patience Tawengwa, will hold a staged reading of Eve Ensler’s Necessary Targets at the Zimbabwe Germany Society on November 22.

The staged reading, which is a form of theatre in which the actors, who read from scripts, may be seated or may stand in fixed positions, is being directed by American theatre director and drama teacher Julie Wharton as part of the Almasi mentee programme for Zimbabwean directors.

The cast in the staged reading are Kudzai Sevenzo, Sandra Chidawanyika, Patience Tawengwa, Chiedza Chinhanhu, Caroline Mashingaidze, Gideon Jeph Wabvuta and newcomer Brighton Ndlovu.

Necessary Targets is a short and powerful play about the aftermath of war. From the safety and privilege of an upper class New York City apartment to the dead end squalour of a Bosnian refugee camp, the play follows two American mental health professionals on an humanitarian mission that reveals how deeply devastating war is long after the last shot is fired.

In a roller coaster ride through the haunting stories, persistent senses of humour and simple survival techniques of five refugees, these foreign 'experts' face their own fragility and discover that we are all victims - direct or indirect - of war.

The staged reading, which will be presented free of charge, was launched by Almasi Collaborative Arts in Zimbabwe two years ago.

This evening’s staged reading process will double up as an opportunity for audiences to hear dramatic literature and as another Almasi theatre training opportunity.

All the actors in the reading are staged reading director mentees and will be directing more frequent staged readings throughout 2015.

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