Seven women give voice to the voiceless. “Seven” is a documentary play created with the support of Vital Voices Global Partnership and is a collaboration between the playwrights and seven female activists from around the globe, telling inspiring stories of overcoming adversity to effect real change and improve the lives of women.
Includes panel discussions with Russian activist Marina Pisklakova-Parker, and playwrights Paula Cizmar and Susan Yankowitz. The moderators are René Jones, Executive Director of the United Talent Agency Foundation, and Alyse Nelson, the president, CEO, and co-founder of Vital Voices Global Partnership.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance, featuring:
Shannon Holt as Marina Pisklakova-Parker
Jossara Jinaro as Laura Alonso
Alex Kingston as Inez McCormack
Emily Kuroda as Mu Sochua
Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris as Hafsat Abiola
Annet Mahendru as Farida Azizi
Sarah Shahi as Mukhtar Mai
Directed by Judyann Elder and recorded live in performance in January 2017 at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater.
“[A] profound listening experience…Seven emphasizes the truth that the dignity and rights of women are essential to every culture around the globe.” – AudioFile Magazine
“These stories demand listeners’ attention, and even on audio, one can feel every speakers’ passion as their accounts connect with listeners…An extraordinary and moving listening experience.” – Booklist (starred review)
“This superb production of a play written by seven women is performed by seven actors portraying seven contemporary real-life women leaders from seven countries: Nigeria, Cambodia, Argentina, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Russia, and Pakistan. The actors dramatize astonishing true stories of how these women overcame religious and national traditions of silence, fear, and submission to give voice to the voiceless and change the lives of other women.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)