"REFUGEE" a New Play goes to JOAKIM INTERFEST a Intertnational theater festival in Kragujevac, Serbia. WE NEED YOUR HELP
Sudbina Theater Company and its debut production, REFUGEE, a new play by Milan Dragicevich has been officially selected to perform at the Joakim International Theater Festival in Serbia this October. This will be the third time REFUGEE has seen the stage, with past performances including a sold-out run at The Curtain theater in 2016 at UMASS Amherst and the Shea Theater, in Turners Falls in 2017. This year, we will be celebrating our international debut and we need your help!
This will be the second time for playwright and UMASS Professor Milan Dragicevich to take a theater company to Serbia, the first being in 2009 for his production of Milosevic at the Hague with Serious Play! Where it was met with applause and great enthusiasm!
We are a self producing theater company which means we receive no funding from any parent organization. That being said, we rely on the kindness and generosity of our supporters, audience members, local businesses, and individuals to help fund our artwork and that is why we are asking for your help.
What we need from you is the monetary support to help bring 16 cast and crew members to Serbia next month. This opportunity is one of great prestige and honor and we want to be able to raise as much money as possible to offset costs to cover airfare, production and shipping. As we will be performing this show in a month, we need funds as soon as possible, so please help us reach our goal by the end of September.
REFUGEE is a story about two Serbian sisters displaced by invading forces during World War II. To escape turmoil, they travel to El Shatt refugee camp on the Sinai desert in Egypt, leaving behind their mother and younger brother. The play is loosely based on the historical sojourn of Dragina Kalanj, the playwright’s mother, who arrived at El Shatt as a teenage girl and spent 7 years before coming to America. The traumatic effects of being displaced from one’s homeland are explored through the stories of the generations that follow: five decades later, her grandchildren are dispersed across two continents battling their own causes from 1999 Belgrade to rural Appalachia, searching for a place to belong and finding their destiny.
We are so thankful to those of you willing to support our team and our art financially. No amount is too small. If you are unable to donate, please share our kickstarter online, ask your friends and family, and make sure to follow us on social media.
And check out our website to learn more: https://refugeeplay.wixsite.com/sudbinatheaterco
Please note, if you select the $50 donation with the free Tim Eriksen concert ticket as a prize, you must keep your confirmation email to show at the Shea Theater Arts Center in Turners Falls on Sept. 28.
Thank you all so much for your time and support, we can't wait to share our art with the rest of the world!
Risks and challenges
The potential challenges for this project are that we will require more funds than our initial goal in order to put on this show in its fullest capacity. We are fully prepared to host other fundraising events and to personally invest in our production if this is the case. However, successfully completing this fundraiser will greatly aid us in our journey!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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