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PASSPORT: a staged-reading for the people of Kenya
March 18, 2013
When: Monday, March 18, 2013; 8pmWhere: Fells Point Corner Theatre 251 S Ann St. Baltimore, MD 21117
Last August, the Baltimore Playwrights Festival produced Passport, a new play by local playwright Kevin Kostic. Critically acclaimed, the piece told the story of an international aid worker trapped in a hotel room during the violent 2007 Kenyan election that left over 1,100 people dead and 600,000 displaced.
Kenya is now in the midst of its next national election. Even with a massive turnout on March 4th, the process thus far has been predominately peaceful. Analysts though fear that disputed results or a potential run-off election could lead to renewed tribal violence. As in 2007, voters once again overwhelmingly sided with the candidate from their particular ethnic group, a practice that flamed much of the previous violence.
ñI owed something to the Kenyan people who lived through that experience.î said Kostic. ñOur play was connected to them in a deep way. Whether this new election goes off peacefully or if itÍs painful, I wanted to walk with them through it.î
In order to stay connected with Kenya, Kostic and the showÍs director, Barry Feinstein, are organizing a staged-reading of select scenes from Passport at the Fells Point Corner Theatre (251 S Ann St.) at 8pm. In addition, a speaker on Kenyan issues will be on hand to lead a post-performance discussion. As part of the evening, funds will be collected to support Catholic Relief ServicesÍ (CRS) general emergency outreach in the region.
Kostic, who also works at CRSÍ world head quarters in Baltimore, feels this is an important opportunity. ñKenya is a country filled with hope and promise. ItÍs also working against some major challenges. In itÍs own way, I think Baltimore is the same. IÍm hoping this event will open up our imagination to how weÍre connected.î