V-Day and Ashé Cultural Arts Center
with Support from Open Society Foundation
Present the Critically Acclaimed Play
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!
A TESTIMONY, A PRAYER, A HALLELUJAH, AN INCANTATION
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
FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2011, 7PM
Lensic Performing Arts Center
MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2011
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.”
“In many ways the work resembles an engaging church event – complete with gospel songs, testimonies and hand-clapping redemption.”
"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.