The Story of SEVEN

SEVEN begins! Seven women playwrights begin interviews of international women leaders connected to the network of Vital Voices Global Partnership in 2006. Each playwright creates a monologue illuminating the life of her interviewee based on many interviews over many months from 2006-2007. The playwrights meet and try out the monologues and present them at a reading at New Dramatists,  February 2007.
 SEVEN is awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Consortium grant. 
Playwrights are awarded a Residency Fellowship for development of SEVEN at Voice & Vision ENVISION Retreat at Bard College and work for 2 weeks weaving the individual monologues together into a single script, culminating in a reading of the first draft, directed by Gerda Stevenson,  July 2007.

Seven Play Map2008

  • SEVEN premieres on Martin Luther King Day at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, directed by Evan Yionoulis, January 21, 2008.
  • Diane von Furstenberg produces SEVEN, directed by Evan Yionoulis, at the DVF Studio, New York City, March 6, 2008.
  • SEVEN opens Women Center Stage at The Culture Project, New York City, directed by Evan Yionoulis, April 2008.
  • SEVEN opens the Economic Forum for Women in Deauville, France, directed by Evan Yionoulis, October 2008.
  • The Seven Monologues, “JOURNEYS,” are produced in workshop at La Mama ETC, New York City,  directed by Evan Yionoulis, October 2-19, 2008.
  • SEVEN is performed at Harman Center for the Arts, Washington, DC, directed by Evan Yionoulis, November 12, 2008.
  • SEVEN is translated by Hedda Kraus Sjogren into Swedish.  
Under her direction, in association with Riksteatern, the National Touring Theatre of Sweden, the play begins a tour of Sweden and other countries starting with the following performances:
    • FolkTeatern, Gothenburg, Sweden,*  October 7, 2008.
    • University of Lund, Sweden,* October 16, 2008.
    • Elverket/Powerstation@Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm,* November 17, 2008.
    • Riksteatern, Hallunda, Sweden,*  November, 2008.   (*Part of Sweden’s “Home Not Home” Festival)

2009

  • SEVEN is performed at the Burden Auditorium, Harvard, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 16, 2009.
  • SEVEN is performed at the NYU Skirball Center, New York City, March 26, 2009.
  • SEVEN is performed at the Royal Aeronautical Society, hosted by Baroness Mary Goudie for Vital Voices Global Partnership, London, England, June 1, 2009.
  • SEVEN opens the Aspen Conference of Ideas, Aspen, Colorado, June 29, 2009.
  • In Sweden a Riksteatern and Hedda Produktion event: SEVEN is performed at the Visby Political Week, Visby, Sweden, June 30, 2009.
  • The Riksteatern/Hedda Produktion fall tour takes SEVEN to 20 communities in Sweden including:
    • Gnosjo, Sweden, September 12, 2009.                                                                           Democracy Day, Stockholm University, September 15, 2009.                                      Sundsvall, Sweden, Oct 1, 2,  2009.
    • Helsingborg, October 7, 2009.                            
    • Goteborg, October 8, 2009.
  • SEVEN is produced by Visalia Community Players, Visalia, California, October 2009.  (9 performances)
  • SEVEN and the individual monologues are published by Dramatists Play Service,  November 2009.
  • SEVEN is performed at Nieuwe Kerk, the Hague, Netherlands, December 1 & 2, 2009.  (Produced by Riksteatern and the Swedish Cultural Institute.)

2010

  • SEVEN is produced at Theatre Oxford, Sardis, Mississippi, directed by Casey Cockrell, February 2010. (3 performances)
  • Riksteatern/Hedda Produktion event: In celebration of International Women’s Day, SEVEN is performed at readings throughout Sweden, March 2010.
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SEVEN opens the Women in the World Summit, presented by Tina Brown and the Daily Beast, directed by Julie Taymor, starring Meryl Streep and an all-star cast, The Hudson Theatre on Broadway, New York City, March 12, 2010.
  • SEVEN is read at the Arts in One World Conference, Providence, Rhode Island,  directed by Vanessa Gilbert, March 20, 2010.
  • SEVEN is the centerpiece of The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women, a collaboration of Vital Voices Global Partnership and the Avon Foundation for Women.
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Vital Voices launches their Asian Summit with a performance of SEVEN in Delhi, India, September 2010.
  • SEVEN is translated into Spanish, funded by the Avon Foundation’s Fighting Violence Against Women Campaign; performances in Argentina, October, November 2010.
  • Riksteatern/Hedda Produktion takes SEVEN to Sweden’s Visby Political Week where it is performed by an all-male cast made up of members of Parliament from several political parties, July 2010.
  • Riksteatern/Hedda Produktion takez SEVEN on a Swedish Cultural Institute tour:
    • Istanbul, Turkey, September 23, 2010.
    • Goteborg, Sweden, October 28, 2010.
    •  Abuja, Nigeria, November 17, 2010.
    •  Almhult, Sweden, December 2, 2010.
    •  The Hague, December 6, 2010.
    •  Parliament of the European Union, Brussels, Belgium, December 8, 9, 2010
  • SEVEN is performed by faculty at ICEBOX Theatre at Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois, December 2010.
  • SEVEN is performed at Human ACTion Festival, Ion Theatre, San Diego, California,  December 8, 2010.

2011

  • SEVEN opens at the McCoy Theatre at Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee,  February 17 – 19,  2011.
  • Riksteatern/Hedda Sjogren SEVEN events continue with performances in:
    • Valtimontteateri, Snellmaninstitute, Helsinki, Finland,  February 24, 2011.
    • Glazen Zaal, The Hague, The Netherlands, March 7, 2011.
    • Ortagodu Teknik University, Ankara, Turkey, March 8, 2011.
    • Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, March 8, 2011.
    • Women4Women Society, Durham University, United Kingdom.,   March 14, 2011.
    • Roda sten, Goteborg, Sweden,  March 19, 2011.
    • University of Leeds, United Kingdom, March 26, 2011.
  • SEVEN is produced at Osceola School for the Arts, Kissimmee, Florida, directed by Natalie Delamater, opening March 10, 2011.
  • SEVEN is performed at the Silk Road Theatre Project’s El Kasida Reading Series at Silk Road Theatre, Pierce Hall at the Historic Chicago Temple Building, directed by Jamil Khoury, March 31, 2011 and April 1, 2011.
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Silk Road presents SEVEN at the 16th Annual Asian American Showcase, directed by Jamil Khoury, sponsored by the Foundation for Asian American Independent Media at the Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, Illinois, April 2, 2011.
  • SEVEN is produced at Wayland Baptist College, Plainview, Texas, April 15 – 17, 2011. (4 performances)
  • SEVEN is performed at Artist’s Path:  The Artist and Social Justice, directed by Gail Mangham, Prescott, Arizona, April 2011.  (2 performances)
  • SEVEN is performed in Stockholm by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom on Disarmament Day in Sweden, May 24, 2011.
  • SEVEN is produced at Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois, September 9, 2011.
  • SEVEN is produced by Quinnipiac University’s Theatre for Community at the Long Wharf Theatre, Stage II, New Haven, Connecticut, directed by Crystal Brian, November 10 – 13, 2011.
  • SEVEN is performed in St. Peterburg, Russia, with an appearance by Marina Pisklakova-Parker, December 2011.

2012

  • SEVEN at Vara Konserthus, Sweden, February 20, 2012.
  • SEVEN is presented by Pygmalion Productions at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, directed by Lane Richins, February 23-March 10, 2012.  Reviews “Poignant and empowering…A life informing dance of survival…the urgency of a news bulletin with the passion and vibrance of live theatre.” Salt Lake City Tribune.
  • SEVEN is performed at Hartnell College, Salinas, California, March 16-18, 2012.
  • SEVEN is performed by Hostos Repertory Theatre at Hostos Community College, Bronx, New York, March 21, 2012.
  • SEVEN is produced by Vision and Voices, University of Southern California Arts and Humanities Initiative in an event called  “Art at Work for Human Rights and Social Justice” in the Bovard Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, directed by L. Zane.  All Equity performances followed by discussion with faculty from Gender Studies, Chicano Studies and Political Science, March 21, 2012.
  • SEVEN is performed at Chain Reaction Theatre Project, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, directed by Shelley Smith, March 8-25, with a second run in September 2012.
  • SEVEN is performed in Vilnius, Lithuania as part of Seven on Tour/Hedda Produktion in May 2012.
  • SEVEN is performed at the Kenter Theatre in Istanbul, Turkey as part of the Istanbul Theatre Biennial of 2012, May 16.
  • SEVEN is performed at the Butler Theatre in collaboration with the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana, directed by WM Fisher, September 2012.
  • SEVEN performed in Amman, Jordan, October 2012. (See performance on Vimeo)
  • SEVEN performed by Theatre Classics Company at the Woody Theatre, Nakameguro, Tokyo, Japan, directed by Riho Mitachi, November 2 and 3, 2012.
  • SEVEN is performed in Amman, Jordan as part of Seven on Tour/Hedda Produktion, November 6, 2012.

2013

  • SEVEN is presented at Concord University, Athens, West Virginia, January 9, 2013.
  • SEVEN is presented at W.I.N. Conference, India.  A special presentation of SEVEN to commemorate the life of Inez McCormack, directed by Sanjay Kumar in  Delhi, India,  February 23, 2013.
  • SEVEN is performed at the University of Maine, Orino, Maine,  March 27, 2013.
  • SEVEN is produced by Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee,  April 4, 2013.
  • SEVEN is presented with the Iraqi Women’s Chorus “Birds of Tigris” and ReOrient (performed in Arabic),  Stockholm, Sweden,  April 23, 2013.
  • SEVEN is performed by the Stray Kats Theatre Company in the Edmonton Town Hall, Newtown, Connecticut, April 28, 2013.
  • SEVEN is presented by Afghan Voices, in collaboration with Hedda Produktion and the Swedish Institute (performed in Dari).  With an ensemble featuring members of the Afghan parliament and other prominent government and community leaders, Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan,  May 15, 2013.
  • SEVEN is presented by Moxie Theatre, San Diego, California, August, 2013.
  • SEVEN is on tour in Rabat, Morocco, performed in French, October 10, and at Salle Bahnini, in Arabic, October 11, 2013.
  • SEVEN on tour with Hedda Produktion/Swedish Institute includes:
    • The Balkans Tour, starting in Skopje, Macedonia, November 1 & 2.
    • Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, November 5.
    • Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, November 6.
    • Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina, November 7.
    • Tirana, Albania, November 8.
    • Zagreb, Croatia, November 23.
    • Novi Sad/Belgrade, Serbia, November 25.
    • Chisinau, Moldova, November 27.
    • Novi Pazar, Serbia, November 28.
    • Pristina, Kosovo, November 30.
    • Nis, Serbia, December 2.
    • Linkoping, Sweden, December 13.
  • SEVEN is performed at Broward College, Davie, Florida,  December, 2013.
  • SEVEN is published in the Methuen Drama Anthology of Testimonial Plays.

2014

  • SEVEN is produced by Western Michigan University Theatre, Kalamazoo, Michigan, at the York Arena Theatre in the Gilmore Theatre Complex, directed by Lofty Durham and Dwandra Lampkin, January 23 – February 2, 2014.
  • SEVEN is presented in a reading at Eskilstuna, Sweden, March 6, 2014.
  • SEVEN is performed in Dhaka, Bangladesh as part of a weeklong event to celebrate International Women’s Day, featuring ambassadors and others from various embassies in Bangladesh; organized by Hedda Produktion and the Embassy of Sweden in Dhaka,  March 10, 2014.
  • SEVEN is performed by NATO generals at SHAPE Headquarters in Mons, Belgium; organized by Hedda Produktion, March 11, 2014.  (on Vimeo)
  • SEVEN is performed in Riga, Latvia, organized by Hedda Produktion, the Swedish Institute, and local partner Marta, in conjunction with a state visit by the King and Queen of Sweden, March 27, 2014.
  • SEVEN is performed by Kabosh Theatre, in celebration of the late Inez McCormack, at the Great Hall of Parliament in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and in Guildhall, Derry, Northern Ireland, directed by Paula McFetridge, March 2014.
  • SEVEN is performed at LPTW Benefit for Women in Theatre International magazine, Cherry Lane Theatre, directed by Pamela Hunt, New York City, June 2014.
  • SEVEN is presented at the Women in Public Service Conference at Smith, Mt Holyoke, and Simmons Colleges, performed at Smith College’s Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Northampton, Massachusetts, directed by Emma Kelley, May 31 – June 1,  2014.
  • SEVEN is produced by Montana Actors Theatre, Havre, Montana, directed by Dana Pyette, September 27 and October 11, 2014.
  • SEVEN is presented by the UN Women National Committee and KYOFUKAI, performed by Theatre Classics Company, Tokyo, Japan, directed by Riho Mitachi, November 10, 2014.
  • SEVEN is presented by Friends of Vineyard Haven Public Library, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, November 16, 2014.
  • Hedda Produktion collaborates on:
    • SEVEN at the Swedish Forum for Human Rights, Stockholm, November 15.
    • A reading of SEVEN, in cooperation with the OSCE Mission, at a high school in Prizren, Kosovo, November 20.
    • A reading of SEVEN, in cooperation with the OSCE  Mission, in Dragash, Kosovo,    December 1.
    • Several readings organized by Karl-Erik Solgard at Halden Frivilligsental, Norway. Summer through December, 2014.
  • SEVEN begins a tour by Pandies Theatre in association with the American Center to four cities in India–Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, and Jammu—as part of the See Something?/Say Something! ACTing Against Gender Violence campaign, directed by Sanjay Kumar, December, 2014.
  • SEVEN is presented at the Martin E Segal Center, directed by Pamela Hunt, New York City, December 15, 2014.

2015

  • The tour of SEVEN in India continues, produced by Pandies Theatre in association with the American Center as part of the See Something?/Say Something! ACTing Against Gender Violence campaign, directed by Sanjay Kumar,  January 2015.
  • SEVEN is presented by Nutley Little Theatre, Nutley, New Jersey, January 2015.
  • SEVEN is produced by Lyndon State College, Lyndon, Vermont, February 2015.
  • SEVEN is performed to a sold-out crowd by the NCJW in Sacramento, California, directed by Jan Ahders, February 2015.
  • SEVEN is presented by West Valley NOW, Surprise, Arizona, February 2015.
  • SEVEN is produced by Hamilton Players, Hamilton, Montana, directed by Denise Rose, March 2015.
  • Seven is performed by a cast comprised of distinguished male faculty (including the President and Vice-Provosts) of University College London in honor of International Women’s Day, Cruciform Lecture Theatre, London, England, March 2, 2015.
  • SEVEN is produced by UN Women Asia and Pacific at Chayanot Cultural Hall, Dhanmondi, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 6, 2015.
  • SEVEN is performed for International Women’s Day at the Kristinehamn Conference Center, Kristinehamn, Sweden, March 8, 2015.
  • SEVEN is performed in Central, Hong Kong, March 9, 2015.
  • SEVEN is produced by the Teatro Comunitario del Azuay, at the Alfonso Carrasco Theatre, Cuenca, Ecuador, directed by Deana Culp, March 12, 13, 14, 2015.
  • SEVEN is presented by the Ukrainian Women’s Fund, Seven on Tour, and The Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine at the National Music Academy, Kiev, Ukraine, March 26, 2015.
  • SEVEN is produced by the Teatro Comunitario del Azuay, at Universidad Catolica, Cuenca, Ecuador, directed by Deana Culp, April 23, 2015.
  • SEVEN is performed in the Betts Theatre as part of the Think Locally/Act Globally Summit organized by the Global Women’s Institute of  George Washington University, in cooperation with the US Institute of Peace, the Embassy of Sweden in the US, Hedda Produktion, Seven on Tour, and the Power of 7 Team, Washington DC, April 27, 2015.
  • SEVEN returns to NATO and is performed by NATO generals at SHAPE Headquarters in Mons, Belgium, organized by Hedda Produktion, May 7, 2015.
  • SEVEN is performed at the Cultural Center in Kotor, organized by Seven on Tour/Hedda Produktion, Kotor, Montenegro, May 11, 2015.
  • SEVEN is presented at Peconic Lane Community Center, Southold, New York, July 26, 2015.
  • SEVEN is presented as part of SEVEN Fredrikstad 2015, in Fredrikstad, Norway, directed by Karl Erik Solgard, September 4, 5, 6, 2015.
  • SEVEN is produced at Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri, September 11 – 13, 2015.
  • SEVEN is produced at MiraCosta College, San Diego, California, directed by Tracy Williams, October 1 – 11, 2015.
  • SEVEN is performed at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center as part of the UN Women’s Initiative to combat sexual violence, in partnership with Seven on Tour, Dhaka, Bangladesh, October 3, 2015.
  • SEVEN is performed to a sold-out house of 500 people at the Center at 2300, produced by the National Council of Jewish Women Sacramento Section, Sacramento, California, directed by Jan Ahders, October 4, 2015.
  • SEVEN returns to Ukraine, organized by Seven on Tour, The Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine, and the Ukrainian Women’s Fund, performed in Zhytomr, Ukraine, October 7, 2015.
  • SEVEN is presented at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, October 12, 2015.
  • SEVEN is produced by Texas Women’s University at the Redbud Theatre Complex, Denton, Texas, directed by Dr. Patrick Bynane, October 14 – 18, 2015.
  • SEVEN is produced by Friends of Empower Yolo at the Veterans Memorial Theatre, Davis, California, directed by Jan Ahders, October 18, 2015.
  • SEVEN is performed for an invited audience in an event organized by Seven on Tour, the National Touring Theatre, and the Swedish Institute at the Yanka Kupala Theater, featuring officials from various ministries and the Ambassador of Sweden to Belarus, Minsk, Belarus, directed by Ivan Pinigin, November 2, 2015.
  • SEVEN is presented by El-Warsha Theatre Troupe and Hedda Produktion, with the support of the Swedish Institute and the Swedish Embassy, at Biblioteca Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt, directed by Hassan El Geretly, November 18, 2015.
  • And El-Warsha performs again at The Greek Campus, Cairo, Egypt, directed by Hassan El Geretly, November 19, 2015.
  • SEVEN goes to Ecuador with the Azuay Community Theatre (ACT) sponsoring a performance at the Banco Central Museum in conjunction with the International Day for the Elimination of Domestic Violence in Cuenca, Ecuador, directed by Deana Culp, November 22, 2015.
  • SEVEN is performed to mark International Day for the Elimination of All Violence Against Women, sponsored by the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine parliament), the Embassy of Sweden, the Council of Europe, and the International Charitable Foundation Ukrainian Women’s Fund, in the Verkhovna Rada Plenary Hall, Kiev, Ukraine, November 25, 2015.
  • SEVEN returns to the Balkans with a reading in cooperation with Seven on Tour at the Sarajevski Otvoreni Centar, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, November 26, 2015.
  • SEVEN is performed at Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, November 28, 2015.
  • SEVEN performs to an audience of 3000 students and teachers at Rajshahi University, in cooperation with UN Women, BNWLA, Hedda Produktion, funded by Sida, Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 12, 2015.

2016

  • SEVEN is presented by The Monologues Project at the Faith and International Development Conference, Calvin College Gender Studies Program’s Safe Haven Ministries, Grand Rapids, Michigan, directed by Emily Wetzel, February 12 – 13, 2016.
  • SEVEN sells out an 850-seat venue, kicking off The March to MARCH campaign, presented by the University of Washington’s Women’s Center in association with the Mt. Holyoke College Club of Puget Sound, featuring a cast that includes The Hon. Christine Gregoire, former Washington State governor; Grethe Cammermeyer, retired National Guard colonel; The Hon. Mary Yu, Washington State Supreme Court Justice; Hia Yin Yin Waing, Director of the Center for Ethical Leadership; Teresa Mosqueda, Washington State Labor Council; Gloria Burgess, leadership consultant; and Sutapa Basu, Director of the UW Women’s Center; Town Hall, Seattle, Washington, directed by Anita Montgomery, March 6, 2016.
  • SEVEN returns to Bangladesh with a reading of Saat/Seven at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), Sylhet, Bangladesh, March 7, 2016.
  • SEVEN is performed in private living rooms around the U.S. to celebrate International Women’s Day and SWAN Day, including a Long Beach Salon Reading with friends, family, and husbands, Long Beach, California, March 8, 2016.
  • SEVEN tours Belarus in the #7evenBelarus campaign, March 8-21, 2016.
  • SEVEN’s March to MARCH continues in Florida in a reading sponsored by the Gulf Coast Chapter of the U.S. National Committee of UN Women, Sarasota, Florida, directed by Ria Cooper, March 12, 2016.
  • SEVEN’s International Women’s Month March to MARCH campaign continues with a production by IWU Theatre Guild at Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana, directed by Dr. Katie Wampler, March 17 – 19, 2016.
  • SEVEN is presented by UNFPA at the Kupalovskogo Theatre in Minsk, Belarus, March 18, 2016.
  • SEVEN’S March to MARCH continues with a reading presented by the USC School of Dramatic Arts, the Center for Women and Men, and the Brain and Creativity Institute at Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, directed by Louise Peacock, March 30, 2016.
  • SEVEN is produced by Black Stripe Theatre, Tokyo, Japan, with Sarajean Rossitto, producer, directed by Rachel Waltzer, April 14 – 17, 2016.
  • SEVEN is presented at the Minsk State Palace of Children and Youth, Minsk, Belarus, May 12, 2016.
  • SEVEN is presented by the Zonta of Everett Foundation, a chapter of Zonta International – Empowering Women through Service and Advocacy, PUD Auditorium, Everett, Washington, June 17, 2016.
  • SEVEN launches the month-long Women and War Festival, presented by So and So Theatre Club in Association with PBM Entertainment, BAAG (British and Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group), and Women for Women Refugees, London, England, June 27, 2016.
  • SEVEN is presented by the North Fork Reformed Synagogue in Long Island, New York as a Tikkun Olam, “repair of the world,” to benefit Community Action Southold Town (CAST), which deals with the underserved in the area, and the North Fork Apostolate Church in Riverhead,  Long Island, directed by Gail Kriegel, July 2016.
  • SEVEN is translated into Japanese by Riho Mitachi and published in Japan, September, 2016.
  • SEVEN opened on Friday, September 30 with a Champagne Gala and ran through October 9, produced by Winters Theatre Company, Winters, California, directed by Anita, Ahuja, September-October, 2016.
  • SEVEN is produced in Chautauqua County, New York, by LakeArts Foundation with Venture Productions and Weeks Gallery at Jamestown Community College, October 2016.
  • As part of 16 Days of Activism, SEVEN is performed in Tblisi, Republic of Georgia, on November 25, 2016, and Jerevan, Armenia on November 29, 2016.

2017

  • SEVEN is produced by Susan Albert Loewenberg and LA Theatre Works and recorded in front of a live audience for later presentation on public radio,  James Bridges Theatre, Los Angeles, California, directed by Judyann Elder, January 26 – 29, 2017.

This is a partial list—we’re in the process of updating the performances.  In the meantime, catch up on info about some recent and upcoming performances under SEVEN IN THE NEWS.