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Upcoming Events: January, 2011

2011 January 4



For those of you in the Northeast: On Sunday, January 16, 2010, New Haven, Connecticut’s Long Wharf Theatre will feature Oscar/Emmy/Tony-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave in a staged presentation of Philippe Sands’ book, Torture Team. Long Wharf’s artistic director Gordon Edelstein has created a theater piece from the book as well as clips from the Fox TV series “24,” the film “Judgement at Nuremberg” and other sources.

“A page-turning investigation into one of the darkest mysteries in American history: how a country that has led the world on human rights came to embrace a policy of barbaric abuse. One by one, he corners the suspects and sifts the clues, shedding new light at each step along the way.”   
                                                — Jane Mayer, New Yorker Magazine staff writer

 “May well be the best bit of contemporary investigative journalism you will read…a beautifully told and humane narrative that follows a paper trail and nails the truth.”
                                                 The Sunday Times (London)

Redgrave has called Torture Team:  Rumsfeld’s Memo and the Betrayal of American Values.“rigorous, honest, devastating.” Following the performance, both she and author Sands will participate in a conversation with the audience. The evening is a benefit for the Minneapolis-based Center for Victims of Torture.

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Jennifer Schelter’s theater piece, Love Lessons from Abu Ghraib, will be on stage at Philadelphia’s InterAct Theatre Company, January 29 through February 13, 2011.
            In 2006, Schelter, a performer and Yoga teacher, was invited to travel to Istanbul, Turkey, to participate in collecting testimony from tortured Iraqis who had been imprisoned in the U.S. Military prison in Abu Ghraib. Inspired by their stories, she created this performance piece examining the repercussions of torture and the ways we attempt to heal ourselves. Directed by Anne Zumbo, the show “confronts one of our democracy’s most critical questions: Do we really want to be known as a nation that tortures prisoners of war?”
            NOTE: Also participating in, and responding to, the testimonies of torture survivors from Abu Ghraib were artist Daniel Heyman and Nick Flynn, author of The Ticking is the Bomb. Check out our posts on their experiences.


On Tuesday, January 11, 2010, the American detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, will enter its tenth year of operation. Starting on that day and continuing through January 22, the grassroots group Witness Against Torture will be holding a daily vigil and “Fast for Justice” in front of the White House, demanding that President Obama honor his commitment to close the infamous prison. The first day’s actions will include a rally of human rights groups including the Center for Constitutional Rights and TASSC, the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition.


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