April 29, 2019


Contact: Teddy Rodger

Programs Manager, The Lab; Producer, CrossCurrents


A roster of public performances ranging from acclaimed full-scale productions from Palestine, Somalia and the UK to works-in-progress by leading artists from the US and around the world, will run in repertory at Georgetown’s Davis Performing Arts Center during The Gathering (May 8-11, 2019), a four day event with visionary artists and thought-leaders from around the world including Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Martyna Majok, author Azar Nafisi, actress Kathleen Chalfant, and featuring previously-announced performances by Renegade Theatre The Chibok Girls: Our Story.

The Lab has also released a working roster of the Gathering attendees (see below), who hail from more than 40 countries, and is issuing press access to credentialed journalists to all Gathering events by request.

According to The Lab co-director and CrossCurrents/The Gathering curator Derek Goldman, “We have been overwhelmed by the range of artists who are making the journey to be with us, many of them over thousands of miles at their own expense, to be part of this singular occasion. We are thrilled to be adding this remarkable set of compelling and timely performances. Equally important to us is the opportunity for wider DC audiences to connect with the artists and projects that we are bringing.”

Seating for these added public performances is very limited and tickets are available on the CrossCurrents website on a first-come, first-served basis. The Gathering events will also be available to public via livestream on Add information and link


Additional Performances Schedule:

Thursday, May 9


Davis Performing Arts Center Room 035

Documentary film Screening
Including Discussion with Battery Dance Company founder Jonathan Hollander

For 40 years, the Battery Dance company has been a force on the New York and international scenes. In hundreds of performances and workshops in American schools, they’ve not only moved audiences but changed thousands of young lives. Seeing dance as a universal language, founder Jonathan Hollander created Dancing to Connect, in which his dancers travel the globe to teach the tools of creativity to youth who have experienced war, poverty, sexual violence, extreme prejudice and severe trauma, enabling them to express their feelings and stories through dance. Directed by Sundance award-winner Rob Fruchtman, Moving Stories follows six diverse dancers to India, Romania, Korea, and Iraq, documenting their process of teaching choreography and collaboration for performance within a week, while capturing the struggle, frustration, determination, and transformation of students and teachers alike. Jonathan Hollander will attend the screening and will be available for questions afterwards.


MOVING STORIES is a film by Rob Fruchtman, Cornelia Ravenal, Mikael Södersten and Wendy Sax.

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Davis Performing Arts Center

Devine Studio Theater


Staged Reading
Written and Performed by Tony Award Nominee Pascale Armand
Directed by Patrice Johnson

A rebuttal to Donald Trump’s comment about allowing “people from shithole countries” entrance to the United States and a chronicle of the playwright’s family’s journey to American citizenship.

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Davis Performing Arts Center

Devine Studio Theater


Written and Performed by Velani Dibba, Cristina Ibarra, Benjamin Lillian, Aly Panjwani, and Devika Ranjan

An original Lab production written and performed by five Georgetown students and alumni that has been seen around the world, I Pledge Allegiance explores the convergence of ‘Americanness’ and immigrant identities of five young adults who grew up in a post-9/11 society. Created through personal interviews, social media testimony, and news headlines, this play interrogates notions of nationalism in the private and public spheres and what it means to be an American in the current political moment.


Friday, May 10


Davis Performing Arts Center

Devine Studio Theater


Written and Performed by Ifrah Mansour
Directed by Lindsey Cacich

Minnesota-based Somali playwright and performer Ifrah Mansour revisits her childhood memories during the 1991 Somali civil war to confront violent history with humor, and to provide a voice for the global refugee stories of children. How to Have Fun in a Civil War, is a one-act multimedia play, which explores war from an idyllic viewpoint of a seven-year-old Somali refugee girl.


Davis Performing Arts Center

Gonda Theatre


Written and Performed by Inua Ellams

Born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered by many to be Boko Haram territory, Inua Ellams left Nigeria for England in 1996 aged 12, moved to Ireland for three years, before returning to London and starting work as a writer and graphic designer. Littered with poems, stories and anecdotes, An Evening with an Immigrant” recounts Ellams’ ridiculous, fantastic, poignant immigrant story of escaping fundamentalist Islam, experiencing prejudice and friendship in Dublin, performing solo at the National Theatre, and drinking wine with the Queen of England, all the while without a country to belong to or place to call home.


Davis Performing Arts Center

Devine Studio Theater


Created and Performed by Iman Aoun and Edward Muallem
Ashtar Theatre of Ramallah, Palestine

Two actors create a story without words (though with music and occasional sound), on a minimalist set of stones and oranges. She lives her life peacefully, writing a journal, tending to her garden then one day He arrives, tired and old, with a suitcase and a rolled-up document, signifying his ownership of her house. What follows is a power struggle which is both childish and terrible—it provokes us to laugh and recoil in equal measure. 


Saturday, May 11


Davis Performing Arts Center

Gonda Theatre


Written by Miranda Rose Hall
Performed by Felicia Curry
Staged Reading of a new work-in-progress by LubDub Physical Theatre Co.

What has happened to the little brown bats? To the spotted tree frog? What will happen to Homo sapiens? A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction is an evening of interactive, interspecies storytelling his new work-in-progress asks—through story, song, and movement—how to be a human in an era of man-made extinction. This project is being developed by LubDub through an ongoing two-year residency with the Orchard Project’s NYC Greenhouse.


Ticket costs vary by performance. Georgetown University students, faculty, and staff can reserve tickets free of charge.

For more information and tickets visit




Because of scheduling shifts due to travel issues, performances of The Chibok Girls: Our Story have been rescheduled to May 7, 8, and 9. Tickets available at .


The Chibok Girls: Our Story, the US Premiere of Renegade Theatre’s searing work of testimonial theater about the abduction of 276 girls from their school in the Nigerian town of Chibok by the Boko Haram in 2014, and the enduring reverberations of their story. Written and directed by Wole Oguntokun, The Chibok Girls: Our Story will be presented in tandem with The Lab’s special guest, Nobel Prize winning playwright and author Wole Soyinka, who will premiere excerpts from his brand new work A Humanist Ode for Chibok, Leah. This long-form epic poem pays tribute to 15 year-old Leah Sharibu, one of the 108 girls abducted in 2018 from Dapchi by the Islamic State for the West African Province (ISWAP), a splinter group of Boko Haram. Leah was the only one not returned after the Nigerian government paid an enormous ransom. She refused to renounce her faith and has been held captive since.



CrossCurrents is funded in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Revada Foundation, with additional support provided by Samia Farouki.

An Evening with an Immigrant is supported by the British Council, the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice, and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts