MIRACLE IN RWANDA – a play by Leslie Lewis and Edward Vilga – scheduled to premiere Off Broadway following an acclaimed world tour, with preview performances beginning April 4 prior to an official opening night April 9 at the Lion Theatre on Theater Row (410 W. 42 St.) in Manhattan, will now play through May 11, 2019.
Directed by George Drance, MIRACLE IN RWANDA was previously scheduled through April 21, and extends its run due to popular demand.
“I am so thrilled at the response to our show, and I am so happy to give more people the chance to see Malaika Uwamahoro perform the Miracle. We also have some more shows for our wonderful understudy, Nisarah Lewis, who can show the world her acting chops. This story resonates with anyone who has ever found it hard to forgive. Come and see how Immaculée did it!” – Playwright, Leslie Lewis
MIRACLE IN RWANDA is the uplifting tale depicting the real-life events in Rwanda when Immaculée Ilibagiza survived -- along with 7 others—three months in a 3x4 foot bathroom during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. Through her story of sheer survival, compassion and the power of faith amidst unbelievable hardship, Immaculée has been referred to as "our generation's Anne Frank," yet one who thankfully survived. To those who know her story, the true miracle is Immaculee's ability to forgive. This solo show stars Rwandan actress Malaika Uwamahoro, playing both killer and hunted; her performance lends redemption to this awful chapter of human history, bringing it full circle.
This engagement of MIRACLE IN RWANDA coincides with the 25th anniversary of the end of the genocide against the Tutsi, known as Kwibuka, which means ‘Remember’ in Kinyarwanda, the language of Rwanda. The United Nations designated April 7 as an International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
MIRACLE IN RWANDA will perform Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7 pm; Fridays at 8 pm; Saturdays at 2 and 8 pm; and Sundays at 3 pm.
Tickets at Theatre Row are available now, with price from $39 to $59 and can be purchased by calling the Telecharge phone number at 212-239-6200 or online at www.telecharge.com
Please also check out Theatre Row’s website, www.theatrerow.org and the MIRACLE IN RWANDA website for additional information, www.miracleinrwanda.nyc
Design credits for MIRACLE IN RWANDA include: Schele Williams (Dramaturgy), Donna Lea Ford (Costume Design), Erich Keil and Gina Costagliola (Lighting Design), and Taiwo Heard (Sound Design).
MIRACLE IN RWANDA is produced by Broadview Phoenix, Magis Theatre Company and Allen DeWane of Acuity Productions.
MALAIKA UWAMAHORO (Immaculée Ilibagiza and 9 other characters) is a Rwandan actress, poet and activist. She is a graduate of Fordham University in NYC, with a BA in Theatre Studies. US Theatre includes: Cartography (Kennedy Center), Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature Theatre), Measure Back (Dixon Place), Bishop (Fordham/Primary Stages), and Africa’s Hope (USC Bovard Theatre, CA). International theatre: Les Os que Craquent (Theatre de Poche, Belgium). Film: Notre Dames Du Nil (Dir. Atiq Rahimi), Loveless Generation (Dir. Thomas Petkovski), Un Plain Parfait (Dir. Pascal Chaumeil), Shake Hands with the Devil (Dir. Roger Spottiswoode).
NISARAH LEWIS (u/s Immaculée Ilibagiza et al) is originally from Oakland, CA and is a recent graduate from Fordham University with a B.A. in Theater performance.
GEORGE DRANCE (Director) has performed and directed in over twenty-five countries on five continents. He is Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Magis Theatre Company, praised by the NY Times for its skill and daring (Great Divorce, Shakuntala, Occupy Olympus, *mark, Calderon’s Two Dreams) Theatre: Metropolitan Opera, Public Theatre/NYSF, ImprovBoston, ART, and La MaMa ETC - touring Europe and Asia with "Fragments of a Greek Trilogy" (Andrei Serban/ Elizabeth Swados.) and as a close collaborator with Ellen Stewart. He is an Artist-in Residence at Fordham Lincoln Center, and has held several prestigious fellowships at universities nationwide.
LESLIE LEWIS (Playwright) is an actress, writer and producer best known for creating Miracle in Rwanda, which she has performed on five continents to over 15,000 theatergoers. She’s the author of four books, numerous articles and poems, and was nominated for an Audelco and a Jessie award for acting. She produced the feature films With Child and Dead Broke and has several other creative projects in the works, including a musical version of Dangerous Liaisons set during the Harlem Renaissance. She graduated from Harvard and UCLA’s School of Theater Film and Television, and is a proud member The Actors Center and the Magis Theatre Company.
EDWARD VILGA (Playwright) has had seven books published and has written and directed two feature films including Dead Broke (Warner Brothers DVD; Paul Sorvino, John Glover, Jill Hennessy, and Justin Theroux). His novel "Downward Dog" -- the adventures of a bad boy yoga instructor -- was published in paperback in June 2014 by Diversion Books. Prior to co-creating Miracle in Rwanda with Leslie Lewis, Vilga produced the Obie-winning "My Left Breast" by Susan Miller. He is a Yale graduate.
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