Deborah Asiimwe's "Forgotten World," directed by Laurie Carlos, explores the world of child soldiers at CalArts
Valencia, April 1--The School of Theater at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) presents the world premiere of Forgotten World, a new play by graduating playwright Deborah Asiimwe, directed by Laurie Carlos. The production will open Saturday, April 11, at 8:00 p.m. in Ensemble Theater I, located on the CalArts campus, 24700 McBean Parkway Valencia, CA 91355. Subsequent performances are Monday, April 13 through Saturday, April 18 with performances beginning at 8:00 p.m. All performances are free and open to the general public. For tickets please visit calarts.edu/events.
Forgotten World is a multi-media play investigating the conditions of child soldiers in Uganda and other international areas of war. The play follows six dead children--all victims of war--through the eyes of a photographer whose photos capture their existence. The photographer records the children's memories through images while considering her conflicting role as artist and activist. Inspired by Asiimwe's experiences in Uganda during the reign of Joesph Kony's Lord's Resistence Army and the LRA's notorious reputation for child abduction, Forgotten World provides relevant commentary on an important social issue and explores the boundary between art and exploitation.
Forgotten World is the newest work from Deborah Asiimwe. Earlier this season, a reading of her play, Appointment with God, directed by Guillermo Aviles-Rodriguez, premiered at the Watts Village Theater Company. Cooking Oil, which looks at the role of humanitarian aid in Uganda, was part of the Eti! East Africa Speaks series at Dartmouth College following a workshop and performance at CalArts in 2008. Obie award winning actress and director, Laurie Carlos, whose performance credits include the original Lady in Blue in Ntozake Shange's for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf and directing/choreography credits include White Chocolate, The Cooking Show, and Organdy Falsetto, uses the jazz aesthetic, movement techniques, and audience interaction to convey the diverse story of Forgotten World.
Forgotten World performance schedule
Friday, April 10 @ 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 11 @ 8:00 p.m. Opening
Monday, April 13 @ 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 14 @ 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 15 @ 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 16 @ 8:00 p.m.
Friday, April 17 @ 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 18 @ 8:00 p.m. Closing
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), the first U.S. higher educational institution to integrate the visual and performing arts under one roof, is recognized as the nation's leading laboratory for the arts. Housing six schools--Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater--CalArts embraces creative cross-pollination among diverse art forms and traditions, and strongly encourages each artist to pursue his or her vision within a broad context of social and cultural understanding.