Before/After is a play about the transformation of East-Central Europe told by the people who made it happen. It starts with the early efforts at reform in the 1960s and ends with the export of human rights organizing to Burma in the present day. A dozen remarkable people tell their stories in roughly chronological order. The first act, Before, portrays the story of the organizing that led up to the fall of the Wall. The second act, a video interlude, brings together the memories of people in the region about that night in November 1989. The third act, After, recounts the triumphs and tragedies of people trying to realize the hopes and dreams of 1989 in the decades that followed.
May 6: ‘Before/After. World premiere is May 6. The performance is preceded by a round table dialogue on these human rights movements that led to the remarkable changed in East-Central Europe at the end of the Cold War. A reception follows the dialogue.
The Independent Illustration Exhibition Opening at NYU during the reception following the panel discussion Before/After (6:00 – 6:30 p.m.)
The Independent Biennial, established in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2007, is a Creative platform that supports direct authorship, horizontal selection and the non-censorship of creative work. In May 2015, as a part of the fifth Biennale of Independent Illustration , a selection of authors will present their artworks throughout the Washington D.C. area including the NYU’s lobby.
The Biennale of Independent Illustration is a tribute to the all authors that, despite difficult conditions in cultural and visual practices, are always driven forward by the passion, innovation and independent creative freedom that is the foundation to creativity and life.
May 6 | DIALOGUE: 4:00 PM, PLAY: 6:30 PM | NYU Washington | 1307 L Street NW | Washington DC
Please RSVP here.
Details for event at NYU also here: http://www.nyu.edu/global/global-academic-centers/washington-dc/nyu-washington–dc-events/before—after.html#tripleBox_nyuimage
May 14 | PLAY: 7:30 PM | Atlas Performing Arts Center | 1333 H Street NE | Washington DC
May20 | PLAY: 7:00 PM | Goethe-Institut | 812 7th Street NW | Washington DC
All events are free and open to the public.