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V-Day and Ashé Cultural Arts Center
with Support from Open Society Foundation
Present the Critically Acclaimed Play

SWIMMING UPSTREAM

In Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Santa Fe, New Mexico and Houston, Texas

Directed by Eve Ensler

Featuring Original New Orleans Cast

Troi Bechet, Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes, Anne-Liese Juge Fox, Karen-kaia Livers, Susan Wentz and singers Michaela A. Harrison, Leslie Blackshear Smith

Tickets on sale NOW!


SWIMMING UPSTREAM
A TESTIMONY, A PRAYER, A HALLELUJAH, AN INCANTATION

BATON ROUGE
MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2011
Baton Rouge Community College, Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion
5130 Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA
Reserve tickets by calling Ashé Cultural Arts Center at (504) 569-9070

SANTA FE
FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2011, 7PM
Lensic Performing Arts Center
http://www.ticketssantafe.org/tsf/event_calendar/detail/577

HOUSTON
MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2011
Alley Theatre
http://www.AlleyTheatre.org/SwimmingUpstream
Tickets available by phone: 713.220.5700
Or in person at Alley Theatre at 615 Texas Avenue, Houston, Texas 77002
Regular Box Office hours: Monday - Sunday 12 - 6 p.m.

“If art is therapeutic, Swimming Upstream is a breakthrough.”
-- Times-Picayune

“In many ways the work resembles an engaging church event – complete with gospel songs, testimonies and hand-clapping redemption.”
-- Variety

"Swimming UpStream .... is the poetic equivalent of a breached levee. What begins as a flood of raw human emotion becomes a source of healing, transcendence and new beginnings."
-- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 2008


In a process facilitated by V-Day Founder and playwright and activist Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues) and Carol Bebelle, Executive Director and Co-founder of Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 16 New Orleans’ women, crafted Swimming Upstream - a powerful theatrical production that tells the raw and soulful stories of women who lived through Hurricanes Rita and Katrina with grace, rage and great resiliency, punctuated by a flair for story telling, humor and music that comes from being New Orleanian. Swimming Upstream premiered in April 2008 at V-Day's "V To The Tenth" celebration and has enjoyed sold-out shows in Atlanta, New Orleans and the Apollo Theater in New York City.