Last Thursday night in Washington, D.C., Busboys and Poets (one of the great cultural hubs of D.C.) hosted Intersections International, a non-profit whose mission is “dedicated to promoting justice, reconciliation and peace.” Intersections was kicking off its national tour of the play “No Place Called Home” after its successful run in New York City at the end of last year. The play, which is performed by playwright Kim Schultz, focuses on the stories of Iraqi refugees. Schultz wrote the play after being part of a group of artists who traveled to the Middle East at the invitation of Intersections International. There, she met first hand with Iraqis throughout the region who had been forced to leave their country because of the war. Schultz, who had never heard of the issue before, suddenly became impassioned with lending a voice to the voiceless, those millions of Iraqis still struggling as refugees. The result was this play, an emotional and thought provoking performance which does a great deal to bring the issue forward and into the consciousness of the audience, helping to present this crisis as something more than just a statistic on a piece of paper.
If you are interested in hosting a showing of “No Place Called Home” please contact the tour’s manager, Deborah Oster Pannell:
Also, check out an excerpt of the show below:
The play itself is part of a larger Intersections International undertaking, known as the Iraqi Voices Amplification Project (Check out our blog on it from a little over a year ago). This project seeks to do just as the title says, amplify the voices of regular Iraqis who have suffered though eight years of violence and war.
To learn more about the project, check out the video below: