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Field Trip to see Gitana Productions presents "New World."


Gitana Productions presents “New World,” a one-act play about women refugees in St. Louis                           September 13, 2016

ST. LOUIS, MO – “New World,” an original Gitana Productions one-act play about three St. Louis based refugee women from Afghanistan, Bosnia and the Republic of the Congo, will be performed on October 1 and 2 at the Nahed Chapman New American Academy on Grand Blvd. 
WHERE: Nahed Chapman New American Academy, 1616 S. Grand Blvd., Gallaudet Bldg., St. Louis 63104 WHEN:  Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 2 at 3:00 p.m. TICKETS: $12/per person. Purchase tickets at www.gitana-inc.org
The play had a limited run last year and in February 2016, and proved to be so successful that the company is bringing the play back as part of the annual St. Louis Arts Experience, a citywide arts collaboration showcasing exceptional cultural events throughout the St. Louis region from September 30 through October 16, 2016. http://stlartsexperience.org
The play is based on interviews with refugee women and a collaboration with the Center for Survivors of War and Torture. Gitana found that the response by the St. Louis community was heartfelt and enthusiastic, with audience members wanting to know more about what they could do to assist refugees in St. Louis.
“We knew going into this that the theme was important and relevant given where we are as a country in grappling with issues of immigration,” said Cecilia Nadal, Executive Director and Founder of Gitana Productions. “We also knew that Lee Patton Chiles had crafted a compelling story based on the lives of refugee women living in St. Louis. What we did not expect was how incredibly moved our early audiences would be, such that they wanted to find ways of contributing to the welcoming and support of refugee women in St. Louis!”
The one-act play by Lee Patton Chiles is based on interviews and documented accounts of three women who came to St. Louis hoping to create a new world by healing old world wounds. Actors Jeanitta Perkins, Jessica Alvarado and Sheri Gonzalez have performed the play to standing ovations under the direction of Vivian Anderson Watt.
A Q & A session with the participation of community leaders working with immigrants and refugees will follow each performance. Based on written audience surveys, 95% of the respondents rated the play as “Excellent” and 97% said the play was “Extremely valuable to the St. Louis Community.”
A preview of New World will be performed between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Friday, September 30 at the SLAM UNDERGROUND, a unique cultural experience that includes music, art and cocktails at the St. Louis Art Museum. Visit http://www.slam.org/visit/underground.php
Audience reviews: "We see Bosnian and Afghan women but have no idea what they have been through and how hard it is for them to leave one world and come to another.”
“The three actresses were unbelievable in their portrayal of these women. People were so moved. They wanted to know how they could help now that they knew the truth. What an education!"
"The play changed my mind regarding refugees. I was aware of their problems but not aware of their traumas. I saw another dimension, much deeper."
KDHX Review “The heartbreaking portrayals were electrifying, informative and penetrating. The language, movements and actions were so descriptive, excellent use of space, overwhelmed by the message.” Tina Farmer, Theater Critic
The Regional Arts Commission, the Missouri Arts Council and the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis provide partial support for Gitana Programs.  Gitana is collaborating with the Nahed Chapman New American Academy to bring this production to St. Louis audiences.
ABOUT GITANA PRODUCTIONS Gitana Productions, Inc. is a not-for-profit arts and education organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural awareness and collaboration by bringing international music, dance and drama to the St. Louis community. Events produced by Gitana present a rarely seen diversity of international and local artists exhibiting both traditional and innovative artistic expressions. For more information, visit www.gitana-inc.org or call Gitana Productions at (314) 721-6556.

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Media Contact Sharon Thatcher info@gitana-inc.org  314.721.6556