Literary arts

Taos performers to read 'SEVEN'

SOMOS hosts staged reading of 'documentary theater' piece

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"SEVEN," is described as "a riveting piece of documentary theater [that] tells the stories of seven courageous women from seven different countries who made significant social justice changes toward the well-being of women, families, and children in their respective countries."

A staged reading of "SEVEN" is planned Sunday (March 5), 4-7 p.m., at SOMOS, 108 Civic Plaza Drive in Taos.

The real women profiled include one in Russia, who protected women from domestic violence; another in Cambodia, who rescued girls from human trafficking; one in Guatemala who gave voice to the poor; in Afghanistan, another empowered rural women; in Nigeria and Pakistan, another fought for women’s education and rights; and in Northern Ireland, one more promoted peace and equality, according to an announcement.

Seven playwrights — Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith, and Susan Yankowitz — collaborated to create the "compelling tapestry of monologues from verbatim extracts and personal interviews with the seven women leaders of Vital Voices Global Partnership network."

The women are Marina Pisklakova-Parker, Mu Sochua, Anabella De Leon, Inez McCormack, Farida Azizi, Hafsat Abiola, and Mukhtar Mai — "women who have triumphed over huge obstacles to create major changes in human rights and, in so doing, brought about major improvements into the lives of women and girls in their home countries and around the globe," the announcement continues.

"SEVEN" has been translated in more than 20 languages and performed in over 32 countries. It has been performed in 22 states and counting.

The Taos reading will be introduced by Danielle Freeman. The works will be read by Judith Kendall, Jan Smith, Judith Rane, Rose Gordon, Christine Autumn, Pat McCabe and Pam Parker.

Admission is free. Donations are appreciated to cover copyright fees.

For more information, call SOMOS at (575) 758-0081 or visit somostaos.org.

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