★★★★ (out of 4)
– CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Apr 29 - Jun 4, 2017 in Goodman's Albert Theatre

Around 2 hours and 15 minutes including one intermission

Surviving war is only the beginning of this refugee's fight.

Who is Shedrick Yarkpai? Escaping the horrors of his war-torn homeland, this Liberian refugee hopes to begin anew in Australia. But his path to peace is haunted by an explosive family secret, and Shedrick must confront the ghosts of his past to reclaim his present. Charles Smith illuminates a war refugee’s dangerous odyssey in this gripping new play about identity, survival and the sacrifices of assimilation.

 

 

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Artists

By CHARLES SMITH, Directed by CHUCK SMITH

Cast

DANIEL KYRI - Shedrick Yarkpai
BREON ARZELL - Zaza Workolo
ALLEN GILMORE - John Workolo
RYAN KITLEY - Rob Mosher
LILY MOJEKWU - Luopu Workolo

Creative Team and Crew

RICCARDO HERNÁNDEZ - Scenicg Design
BIRGIT RATTENBORG WISE - Costume Design
JOHN CULBERT - Lighting Design
RAY NARDELLI - Sound Design
MIKE TUTAJ - Projection Design
JONATHAN L. GREEN - Dramaturg
ADAM BELCUORE - Casting
ERICA SARTINI-COMBS - Casting
BRIANA J. FAHEY - Production Stage Manager

Critical Praise
  • "A gripping story of an African refugee"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "Moved me greatly...with its unshakeable compassion"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • "The acting is blisteringly good"

    - Chicago Tribune

  • Highly Recommended

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "A masterful drama on every level"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Heart-wrenching, fiercely acted"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "An epic historical tale"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

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