Songs For Freedom: A Benefit for the Freedom Theatre of Jenin
Doors for this show are at 6:30pm
This show will be streamed on the Joe's Pub page on Livestream.com
York Theatre Workshop, the Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre,
and Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater present
A Benefit for the Freedom Theatre of Jenin
Hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tony Kushner
Directed by Jo Bonney
Musical appearances by David Byrne, Suzan-Lori Parks, Aimee Mann, Angelique Kidjo, DAM, Audra McDonald and others,
as well as a special performance by the acting company of The Freedom Theatre.
The Freedom Theatre was founded in 2006 in the Jenin Refugee Camp in the Palestinian-occupied territories. Its mission is to create a safe space where young artists living under occupation could learn, create, perform and dream. This past spring, Juliano Mer-Khamis—actor, director, and beloved founder of the Freedom Theatre in Jenin—was murdered by a masked gunman right near the theater he built. Join us for a celebratory evening of song, video, and performance to benefit this invaluable cultural beacon in the Middle East.
Let’s stand together in support of the ideals of artistic freedom and expression on which this theater was founded.
Freedom troupe fights for revolution: http://www.yaledailynews.com/news/2011/oct/06/freedom-troupe-fights-revolution/
“We believe that the
strongest struggle today should be cultural, moral. This must be clear. We are
not teaching the boys and the girls how to use arms or how to create
explosives, but we expose them to discourse of liberation, of liberty. We
expose them to art, culture, music — which I believe can create better people
for the future.”