CARTOGRAPHY - KANEZA SCHAAL & CHRISTOPHER MYERS
CARTOGRAPHY is a new play commissioned by Playhouse Square that explores the issue of migration. Five refugees from struggling countries discover what it means to leave home behind and begin a new life. Performed by a diverse company of actors from such countries as El Salvador, Syria, Lebanon, South Africa and Rwanda, the play itself was inspired by true events. In 2016, Caldecott Honor-Winning author Christopher Myers and New York director Kaneza Schaal flew to Munich, Germany, when 30,000 new people a day were arriving in that city, creating the largest migration in recorded human history. They spent hours listening to their stories, shaping them into this stunning play. A combination of simple storytelling and interactive video technology, CARTOGRAPHY allows audience members to participate in the projection component with their cell phones right from their seats. With stories taken directly from today’s headlines, the play exemplifies theater at its most relevant.
Running Time: 75 minutes Recommended Ages: 11+
A 15 minute post-show talkback with the actors will occur following this performance.
CARTOGRAPHY is made possible by support from The Joyce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.