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Seven: Play captures the struggles of women around the globe



By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer


“One of the most intriguing things about this play is that it is truly documentary theater,” says actor Anna Wakefield of her participation in the Chain Reaction Theatre Project production Seven. “All of the text is taken verbatim from interviews with the women on whom the play is based. I am proud and honored that I will be able to help Chain Reaction Theatre Project introduce them to audiences around the Twin Cities metro area. “[My] character, Mukhtar Mai, is a woman from rural Pakistan who was gang-raped by men from neighboring tribe of a higher caste. Unexpectedly, Mai reported the crime and with her settlement money, she opened several schools in rural Pakistan.”

To be sure, the Twin Cities, with its renown for awareness of women’s issues, is an excellent climate in which to share such a script. Continue Reading →

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