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by Eve Ensler

Directed by Erin Cronican

TSP Unplugged Reading Series

Monday, June 20, 2016 (7:30pm)

Presented on World Refugee Day


Based on interviews conducted by Eve Ensler with numerous women who survived the civil war in the former Yugoslavia, NECESSARY TARGETS is a timely reminder of how America struggles to define its relationship to the rest of the world.

Location: The Seeing Place @ Alchemical Theater Lab, 104 W 14th St, 2nd Floor Theater

Tickets: Free, but limited.

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In NECESSARY TARGETS, two American women, a Park Avenue psychiatrist and an ambitious young writer, travel to Bosnia to help women refugees confront their memories of war. Though the two have little in common beyond the methods they use to distance themselves from their subjects, they emerge deeply changed as they confront their own fears in the face of violence, resiliency and war.


Schedule - What is TSP Unplugged?

This is a part of our TSP Unplugged Reading Series, where audiences go behind the scenes with The Seeing Place to experience our work "unplugged." We'll start at 7:30pm with the audience observing our artists discussing the play in their final rehearsal, laying the ground-work for how the actors will approach the piece during the reading. At 8:15pm we'll begin the reading. Immediately following the reading we'll discuss what was seen - what is the modern relevance of the play? What would a theater company want to consider if producing the play as a ful production? These and other questions will be explored during this lively talkback.

This play is being presented in conjunction with the UN's "World Refugee Day."

World Refugee Day was created by the UN General Assembly: on December 4, 2000, the Assembly adopted resolution 55/76 where it noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, and that the Organization of African Unity (OAU) had agreed to have International Refugee Day coincide with Africa Refugee Day on 20 June. The General Assembly therefore decided that 20 June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day.


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Reviews and Articles for Previous Productions of NECESSARY TARGETS:


"…a bold and provocative theme for Ms. Ensler…artistically introspective…bristles with enough tantalizing topics to fuel a year's worth of symposiums…" —NY Times.

"Rather than elegantly personifying the psychological repercussions of war, [Ensler's] characters behave like ordinary people under extraordinary duress…Ensler's straightforward intensity and delicate comic relief make [her characters' plight] absorbing and moving." —USA Today.


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CAST and CREATIVE TEAM (in alphabetical order):

Olivia Baseman* - Zlata
Ashanti Brown - Jelena
Brisa Freitas - Melissa
Emily Newhouse - Nuna
Lisa-Marie Newton* - JS
Elizabeth Rose - Seada
Paula Rossman* - Azra

* - Member of Actors' Equity Association


Erin Cronican - Director


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