Director: Matt White (Greenlight Arts)
Writer: Isaac Mulè
Movement Choreographed by: Jeff Fox
DARYIA: Kira Meyers-Guiden
SOFIA: Kez Vicario-Robinson
IVAN: Brendan Kinnon
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Nadia Ursacki
SOUND DESIGNER: Tyler McDonald
In February 2017 reports began to surface of a gay-purge authorized by the Chechen Government, forcing thousands of people into hiding. Since that time, reports have surfaced of concentration camps, calls from the government for families to perform honour killings, and the disappearance of hundreds of people. In September 2017, 31 people from Chechnya were brought to Canada, but since then there has been little action or comment by the Canadian Government, the UN, or other world leaders.
In this theatrical production we follow four characters who are trying to escape from Chechnya. Having made contact with someone who promises to help them escape, they begin making preparations. But can this contact really be trusted? And where will they take them? As the day approaches, they each discover that starting over is never as easy as they hope.
This 70 min project looks to raise awareness for queer people living in Chechnya who live in fear of government sanctioned violence, and who have nowhere to go. In 2017 the “UN Refugee Agency’s annual Global Trends study found 68.5 million people had been driven from their homes across the world”.
This projects looks to ensure that queer people living in Chechnya and around the world are not forgotten amid the ongoing violence.