2013

Culture Project's
Women Center Stage presents

Shaheed: The Dream and Death of Benazir Bhutto

Written & Performed by Anna Khaja

Directed by Heather de Michele

“A+” “Khaja is utterly transporting, taking us deep into the psyches of seemingly diverse individuals who are all scarred by their conflicted feelings toward Pakistan, just as the country itself, a nation born of Islamic idealism, has been torn by a host of internal and external forces.”
Backstage NY
CRITICS’ PICK! “Four Stars” “Khaja is a wonder, effortlessly slipping in and out of different personalities, genders, costumes and viewpoints”
Time Out NY
In 2007, Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto returned from exile to unite a nation bitterly divided. Taking place minutes before her assassination, Shaheed explores Pakistan’s complex relationship with the U.S., the depths of religious fundamentalism, and a people’s struggle to reclaim their nation, freedom, and faith.

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2012

Culture Project in association with The Innocence Project, Marc & Steven Kaplan, and Cheryl Wiesenfeld presents

The Exonerated

Written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen

Directed by Bob Balaban
With Jim Bracchitta, Amelia Campbell, Bruce Kronenberg, Curtis McClarin, April Yvette Thompson, JD Williams

"Ten years after its New York premiere, The Exonerated still has the power to unsettle."
- The New York Times
New York Times Critic's Pick
"The Exonerated remains possibly the best example of this particular style of docu-theater ... speaks powerfully to both mind and heart."
- The New York Post
2012 marks the 10th anniversary of Culture Project’s New York premiere of The Exonerated, a ground-breaking dramatization of the real-life stories of six individuals who were sentenced to death and later freed amidst overwhelming evidence of their innocence. It is a powerful play culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and court records of individuals on death row. As timely as ever, The Exonerated is once again poised to increase visibility and to create a sense of urgency as part of a rising movement to restore justice to a system that has shown itself time and again to be deeply flawed. Since 1989, when the first DNA exoneration took place, an additional 292 post-conviction DNA exonerations have been won in 36 states.

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2012

Culture Project presents

IMPACT 2012 Festival

"Political, provocative Impact festival packs a punch"
- Downtown Express (IMPACT 2006)
Beginning July 14 through late August, Culture Project’s mainstage will be offered to artists, activists, musicians, directors, economists, provocateurs, filmmakers, patriots and visionaries. The festival will consist of documentaries, satirical political comedy, music, theater and new art created by emerging and established artists along with provocative conversations focusing on subjects crucial to the decision making process and the preservation of our democracy and constitution.

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2012

Culture Project, Lannan Center, and MoveOn.org present

Blueprint for Accountability: The Wall Street-Washington Connection

Moderated by Karen Finney

With Panelists Eliot Spitzer, Matt Taibbi, Ron Suskind, Van Jones, Heather McGhee, and Jesse LaGreca. Readings by Anna Khaja, Steven Pasquale, and Charles Parnell

On March 27th, 2012, Culture Project staged and live-streamed an ambitious program called Blueprint for Accountability: The Wall Street Washington Connection, hosted by The Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University, confronting the economic crisis in the United States and provoking fresh dialogue about the role of financial and corporate powers in the political and democratic life of this country. The series assembled some of the most important and influential voices of our time.

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Celebrating 15 years of shining an artistic spotlight on injustice...

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2012

Women Center Stage 2012 Festival

Women Center Stage 2012 Festival

Meet some of the past Women Center Stage artists and learn why they're backing WCS!

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2012

Culture Project's Women Center Stage & Polish Cultural Institute New York present

The Wild Finish

Written and Performed by Monica Hunken

Directed by Melissa Chambers

“Hunken is a monologist to be watched”
– nytheatre.com
On a snowy Easter Sunday, Monica embarked on a bicycle journey across the vodka-soaked roads of Poland in search of the man who haunts her, a man of power, genius, fame and violence; her grandfather. Along her path, she squats and pogos with anarchist punks in old factories, barely escapes a knifing by Neo-Nazis, hides in churches and is hypnotized in a para-theatrical workshop. You will be led by many eccentric guides through this surreal landscape; a mohawked bike messenger, the ghost of a Norwegian bride, a girl with a third eye and your bewildered hostess, Monica Dudárew Ossetynska Hunken, heiress to cult and Slavic royalty.
Photo: Hunter Canning

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2012

Culture Project in association with
Elisha Wiesel presents

And God Created Great Whales

Created, Composed, Written by Rinde Eckert

Directed by David Schweizer

"TOTAL MAGIC"
– The New York Times
“One of the most strikingly original works to be seen in New York.”
– Billboard
And God Created Great Whales is a haunting musical adventure that delves into the psyche of a composer who is trying to create an opera based on Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Desperately fighting against a disease that is eating away at his mind, he must rely on a tape recorder to remind him of yesterday’s instructions to himself. Rinde Eckert displays his full creative force in this frenzied, funny, romantic, and moving play.

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2011

Culture Project's Women Center Stage presents The Farber Foundry Production of

MoLoRa

Created and Directed by Yael Farber

Adapted from the Oresteia Trilogy
Featuring Dorothy Ann Gould

“MoLoRa can be hard to watch... yet it leaves you with a more encouraging vision of humanity than anything you're likely to see anywhere else, in any medium.”
– New York Magazine
“Brilliant... the resonance to contemporary life in South Africa is unmistakable and shocking.”
“Farber uses the Ngqoko Cultural Group as a Greek chorus to striking effect”. 

– New York Post
Set after the fall of apartheid, Farber’s MoLoRa reimagines the ancient Greek Oresteia to tell the story of her own country’s painful and extraordinary transition to democracy. As Klytemnestra and Elektra – mother and daughter, perpetrator and victim – sit to face each other in an open hearing, MoLoRa reenacts a watershed moment in world history, illuminating the universal and excruciating choice for any victim: to seek revenge or choose forgiveness.

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2002–2003

The Exonerated

Written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen

Directed by Bob Balaban

“Jaw-dropping... an intense and deeply affecting new play”
– The New York Times

Sunny Jacobs was convicted of a crime she did not commit and lost 16 years of her life to death row. Frighteningly, Sunny's story is not unique. It could and does happen dozens of times right here, right now, in the United States. The Exonerated tells the true tales of six innocent death row survivors. In their own words. In words you won't forget. Seen by over 500,000 people across the country, The Exonerated was made into a Court TV movie starring Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover and Aiden Quinn, and raised over $800,000 for the individuals depicted in the play.

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