Bad Roads

Thursday, April 4, 2019 to Sunday, April 14, 2019

For the spring mainstage production, Professor Jody McAuliffe will direct a new documentary theater work from Ukranian playwright Natal’ya Vorozhbit entitled Bad Roads.  

NOTE: APRIL 5 Post-show discussion with Q&A - Following Friday night’s performance, audience members are invited to attend a conversation between the director, Duke Theater Studies Professor Jody McAuliffe, and Professor Simon Miles of Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy.  McAuliffe and Miles, a historian of international relations, will discuss the political and historical context of Ukraine’s ongoing war with pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas region. 

From the director:  "Bad Roads is a new play by documentary playwright Natal’ya Vorozhbit, the leading Ukrainian playwright of her generation.  It was recently produced at the Royal Court Theater in London, where she’s worked since 2004.  This is a powerful play that explores what it’s like to be a woman in wartime, specifically in Ukraine, and the collateral damage suffered by women in war.  The story it tells is important.  Love and heartbreak, sex and terror in violent and sometimes bitterly comic vignettes from the front.  I found the play fresh and insightful and the mix of tones surprising and exciting. She is a masterful playwright whose work is 'complex and compelling,' 'masterly and woundingly memorable.' "

The production features the following Duke undergraduates in the cast: Sophie Tan, Kaylin Woodward , Delaney Dryfoos, Valerie Muensterman, Darya Andreichenko, Samantha Votzke, Jinny Yoon.  In conjunction with the THEATRST 350 class taught by Professor McAuliffe, Theater Operations director Marcy Edenfield will be teaching a technical production section and her students will be working as assistant designers, production assistants, and run crew for the show.  Tech students enrolled are: Morgan Fears, Ashley Jeffers, Reilly Johnson, Theodota Kontopoulos, Micah Segal-Miller, Mila de Souza, and Rebekah Wellons.

CONTENT WARNING: This play is intended for mature audiences.  It contains suggestive dialogue, coarse language, and sexual violence.  Please exercise self-care in choosing to engage with this material.

photo credit: Sarah Blesener

Friday, April 5, 2019 - 8:00pm
Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 8:00pm
Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 2:00pm
Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 8:00pm
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 8:00pm
Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 8:00pm
Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 2:00pm
Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 8:00pm
Ukrainian military, photo by Sarah Blesener

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