Voices of Ukraine: A Benefit Sponsored by Cherry Arts and CNY Chapter of the Fulbright Association

By Kathleen Mulligan, September 22, 2022


The Cherry Arts, Ithaca’s innovative multi-arts hub, is thrilled to announce Voices of Ukraine

The series runs Sept 30-Oct 9 and comprises three evenings of theatre writing from Ukrainian artists. All box office proceeds will benefit the Ukrainian people. Voices of Ukraine is a proud part of the Worldwide Ukrainian Play Readings movement, created by the Center for International Theatre Development (CITD).

Voices of Ukraine is co-sponsored by the CNY Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

The project will launch with an opening reception on Fri Sep 30 at 5:00. Ukrainian wine and food will be served. Tickets to the reception are $10 and sold separately from reading tickets. 

The three readings are:

Maidan Inferno by Neda Nejdana, directed by David Studwell. Featuring IC students Meredith Brown, Jordan Hayakawa, Sterling Jones, and Nick Traficante and Professor Austin Jones. Maidan Inferno is a full-length romantic, epic telling of the Ukrainian Maidan Revolution in 2014.

Maidan Inferno will be read on Fri Sep 30 at 7:30 and Sun Oct 9 at 2:00.

After Donbas is two dreamlike one-acts of the Donbas invasion and its aftermath. The plays are Take the Trash Out Sasha by Natal’ya Vorozhbit, directed by Susannah Berryman, and Skin Deep by Natalia Blok, directed by Rebecca Bradshaw.

After Donbas will perform on Sat Oct 1 at 7:30 and Fri Oct 7 at 7:30.

Dispatches from the Front,  directed by IC Faculty Dean Robinson, is an evening of urgent writings created since the Feb 24 Russian invasion. The plays of Dispatches are:

A Dictionary of Emotions in Wartime by Olena Astaseva

Survivors’ Syndrome by Andrii Bondarenko

Planting an Apple Tree by Iryna Harets

How to Talk To The Dead by Anastasiia Kosodii

A Topol-M Missile Fired at a Cat Named Brooch by Lena Liasgushonkova

Dispatches performs on Sun, Oct 2 at 2:00 and Sat Oct 8 at 7:30.

Tickets are available at www.thecherry.org. Patrons should reserve tickets for the earliest of the performances they would like to see. At the box office they will receive a pass to enter subsequent performances.

The Cherry Arts Inc. is a multi-arts hub that supports a wide range of artists and community in our Cherry Gallery, Camilla Schade studio, and flexible Cherry Artspace on the Cayuga inlet in West End Ithaca, NY.

Poster: Voices of Ukraine

Poster: Voices of Ukraine

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Kathleen Mulligan at kmulligan@ithaca.edu or 8058786675. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.