Posted April 27, 2015

Categories: Featured, Plays


Reading of a new play by John Feffer

Part of the European Month of Culture
Supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States
90 minutes

Before/After is a multimedia portrait of the transformation of East-Central Europe told by the people who made it happen. Through words, pictures, video, and music, it tells the story of the people who chipped away at the Iron Curtain, tore down the Berlin Wall in 1989, and tried to realize their hopes and dreams in the decades that followed. Drawn from interviews with people from the region, the reading will be performed by 12 actors. It is directed by Natalia Gleason.

Before/After is a staged reading starring Ashley Amidon, Michael Crowley, Karen Elle, John Feffer, Stuart Fischer, Mario Font, Tony Hacsi, Olivia Haller, Joseph Mariano, Matt Neufeld, Karin Rosnizeck, Scott Sedar, and Carol Spring. It will also feature: Gordon Adams, Zach Brewster-Geisz, Sean Coe, Sandy Irving, Doug Krehbel, Emily Morrison, Gabriela Pohl, Michael Sigler, and Vanessa Terzaghi

Now online here

Let’s Talk About Poland: 
“Before and After”
Thursday May 26, 6 pm
Kosciuszko Foundation
2025 O St. NW
with Maciej Pisarski of the Polish embassy
and Kasia Klimasinska of Bloomberg News



May 6
NYU DC, 1307 L St., NW
4 pm: panel discussion
6:30 pm: performance
Register here

May 14
Atlas Performing Arts
1333 H St., NE
7:30 pm
Tickets here

May 20
Goethe Institut
812 7th St., NW
7 pm
Register here

All performances are free


May 6, NYU Panel Discussion, 4 pm

Post-World War II tensions instigated the Cold War rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union that lasted for much of the second half of the 20th century.  These tensions resulted in mutual suspicions, heightened tensions and a series of international incidents that brought the world’s superpowers, and the world, to the brink of disaster.

In August of 1961, the Communist government of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) started constructing a barbed wire and concrete “Antifascistischer Schutzwall,” between East and West Berlin. The purpose of the Wall was to keep Western “fascists” from entering East Germany and undermining the socialist state, but it primarily served the objective of stemming mass defections from East to West. The Berlin Wall stood until November 9, 1989, when the head of the East German Communist Party announced that citizens of the East Berlin could cross the border freely. Still today, the Berlin Wall remains one of the most powerful and enduring symbols of the Cold War.

Join this panel of experts, several of whom grew up in eastern Europe during this time, as they discuss the impact and social issues relating to the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall.


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