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On Wednesday April 27th, Ghost Road presented a live reading to showcase contemporary Ukrainian playwrights and to raise money for three charities benefiting the people of Ukraine in this time of great need:

Ukrainian Emergency Performing Arts Fund

Children’s stories

Humanitarian aid for Ukraine

The readings took place at 8:00pm at Open Face Food Shop and Outdoor Community Space in Mid-City Los Angeles - 5577 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016.

This intimate evening helped raise over $1,500 for the three charities listed above. If you missed donating through us, you can also make a donation directly to the charities.

This reading is part of the Worldwide Ukrainian Play Reading Project,  an ongoing effort by more than 50 theatre companies and service organizations around the globe.

The five short plays we are reading were written during the first weeks of the Russian invasion:

The Peed-Upon Armored Personnel Carrier* by Oksana Gritsenko. Translated from the Ukrainian by John Freedman.

Robinson* by Vitaly Chensky. Translated from the Russian by John Freedman.

Our Children* by Natasha Blok. Translated from the Ukrainian by John Freedman with Natalia Bratus.

I Want to Go Home* by Oksana Savchenko. Translated from the Russian and Ukrainian by John Freedman with Natalia Bratus

Peace and Tranquility by Andriy Bondarenko. Translated from the Ukrainian by John Farndon. A play commissioned by a grant from Noah Birksted-Breen’s Sputnik Theatre (U.K.)

*A play commissioned by a grant from Philip Arnoult’s Center for International Theater Development (U.S.)

Participating artists: Christine Breihan, Zach Brown, Ronnie Clark, Liz Eldridge, John Guerra, Jen Kays,  Katharine Noon, Brian Weir.

Directed by Mark Seldis

With much thanks to Mark and Lene at Open Face Food Shop and Outdoor Community Space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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