When playwright and In Darfur creator Winter Miller traveled to the Sudan in 2006, she witnessed a humanitarian crisis that continues today despite the death of more than 200,000 people, millions of displaced citizens and more than 3 million dependent on international aid for survival. She slept in aid compounds, met children with bandages over bullet wounds, and saw a young man die after he attacked a village near his own for $200. I saw entire villages burned to ashes, she wrote on the Huffington Post. I talked to young girls who had been raped not 48 hours earlier.
Considering its difficult to get Americans interested in their own government, persuading the public to care about some of the worlds poorest and most conflicted regions seems nearly impossible. However, unlike the TV images to which the public has become so numb, relating the story of Millers lead character Hawa, based on a real Darfuri woman whose whereabouts are unknown, could be a great way to create awareness and demand compassion for the victims of the genocide in Darfur.
See In Darfur Friday at 8 p.m. at the Mosaic Theatre (12200 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation). Tickets cost $35, $15 for students. Performances continue through May 3. Visit www.mosaictheatre.com, or call 954-577-8243.
Fri., April 24, 8 p.m.; Sat., April 25, 3 & 8 p.m.; Sun., April 26, 2 p.m.; Thu., April 30, 8 p.m.; Fri., May 1, 8 p.m.; Sat., May 2, 3 & 8 p.m.; Sun., May 3, 2 p.m., 2009