Saturday, September 25, 2004

PR CHICAGO --Backlash play Sept. 20, Oct. 1

Stories of Backlash and Fear: "We’ve Come Undone"
Reveals Effects of USA PATRIOT Act
Theatre Piece Comes to Chicago
Contact - Rachel Romanski - 312.371.3376

September 15, 2004, Chicago, IL - Theater artist and social critic Kayhan Irani comes to Chicago, Illinois as part of The Single File Festival, performing her acclaimed one-woman show, "We’ve Come Undone" September 30th – October 2nd.

Written and performed by Kayhan Irani, "We’ve Come Undone" presents the stories of women and girls directly affected by legislation created for the "War on Terror" and are struggling to make sense of life in an America caught in the grip of uncertainty and doubt. With over 30 performances in the United States and Canada, "We’ve Come Undone" is poised to come to Chicago, a city dealing with its own issues of post 9/11 backlash and anti Muslim sentiment. "I started this show thinking I’d be done with it in months, it’s been over a year now and people are still booking performances, that’s how important these issues are to us", said Irani.

Though New York was the site of the terror attacks, post 9/11 legislation has placed country-wide guidelines on certain immigrants. Irani states that, "In the panic to do something we have created legislation that will harm us in the long run and leave us more vulnerable that when we started. I want to address this, with regular citizens, address their fears, their thoughts. Theater can do that."

Irani created We’ve Come Undone out of a sincere desire to open communication "post 9/11". Precisely because there are so few channels to facilitate the exploration of these doubts and fears communally, she finds joy in creating a safe space for open dialogue and interaction. Post-performance, Irani activates discussion and uses theater techniques, to involve her audience as both spectator and participant to activate community dialogue on all sides of these issues. Her work has been called "Moving" by Jews for Racial and Economic justice, "wonderfully performed" by The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs and The New York Times said "We’ve Come Undone … is a tool for education and raising awareness."

"We’ve Come Undone" in Chicago All shows at the Athenaeum Theater, Studio #3, 2936 North Southport.

September 30th at 7:30 PM, October 1st at 9:30 PM, October 2nd at 5:00 PM
Ticket information: TicketMaster: 312/902-1500 or or at the theatre box office day of show.
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