ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Ukrainian Words Project features new play readings and Story Circles with members of the Ukrainian diaspora here in Minnesota.

In an effort to uplift Ukrainian voices, each event presents an hour-long staged reading of excerpts from newly commissioned plays by Ukrainian playwrights written since the war began in February 2022. We present excerpts from the following works:

 

A Dictionary of Emotions in War Time by Olena Astasyeva

Call Them by Their Names by Tetyana Kitsenko

Harry Potter by Yurii Hudymenko

I Want to Go Home by Oksana Savchenko

Just Tell No One by Oksana Savchenko

Peace and Tranquility by Andriy Bondarenko

Planting an Apple Tree by Iryna Harets

Three Attempts to Improve Daily Life by Maksym Kurochkin

Three Rendezvous by Natalka Vorozhbyt

 

Each event will begin with an hour-long staged reading, followed by optional Story Circles where light refreshments will be provided.

Leaders of the Story Circles will facilitate and welcome a collective processing of the work and sharing of stories from our Ukrainian and post-Soviet community members. Story Circles give Ukrainians, others from the post-Soviet diaspora, and general audiences in Minnesota a chance to process what’s happening in Ukraine and the war’s effect on them. In collaboration with the storytellers, the narratives told will be turned into a new piece of verbatim theatre by Theatre Novi Most in 2025-2026.

Admission is FREE, with limited seating available. Donations to support Ukrainian efforts are highly encouraged.

Monday, April 29: Ukrainian American Community Center (Minneapolis)
Tuesday, April 30: Minnesota State University (Mankato)
Friday, May 3: The Museum of Russian Art (Minneapolis)
Wednesday, May 8: History Theatre (St. Paul)
Friday, May 10: Barbara Barker Center for Dance (Minneapolis)
Sunday, May 12: Zeitgeist Center for Arts & Community (Duluth)
All performances will take place at 7:30pm.

Make your free reservation HERE

Readings will be performed in English with printed play texts provided in Ukrainian. Ukrainian and Russian translators are available during Story Circles to all who wish to participate. ASL interpreters are available upon request.

This production is part of the Worldwide Readings Project.

MORE ON THE WORLDWIDE READINGS PROJECT

The Worldwide Readings Project (WRP) was founded by John Freedman, long-time theatre critic for The Moscow Times and author of countless books on Russian dramatic literature, in an effort to share new works by Ukrainian playwrights and raise money for Ukrainian war relief. WRP is actively encouraging theatre companies and performance groups around the world to stage readings of plays by Ukrainian playwrights which protest against the unjust war in their country.

Read more about The Worldwide Readings Project HERE. Read John Freedman’s letters to the international theater community, and view participating organizations HERE.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

The Ukrainian Words Project is directed and produced by Theatre Novi Most founders Lisa Channer and Vladimir Rovinsky, with stage management by Jaya Robillard, and community outreach coordination by Olivia Brantstetter.

The readings are performed by Barbra Berlovitz, Pearce Bunting, Paul de Cordova, and Adelin Phelps.

 

 

 

 

The songs are performed by Lev and Olga Frayman, and Yev Rosso.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

This activity is funded in part by the Faculty Research Grant at Minnesota State University, Mankato; the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Advanced Study as a Research and Creative Collaborative; and the Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship program (GIA) administered by the Research and Innovation Office at the University of Minnesota.

Thank you to our producing partners, who helped make this event happen, including History Theatre; the Department of Performance Arts, Minnesota State University, Mankato; The Museum of Russian Art; Ukrainian American Community Center; University of Minnesota Theatre Arts and Dance; and Zeitgeist Arts.