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I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady From Rwanda
I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady From Rwanda
Nominated as Time Out Critics' Choice, the play has been broadcast by BBC World Service

"Heartfelt and touching." —The Guardian

"Absorbing and deeply moving…an important, timely piece of theatre that manages to explore political issues and express moral outrage without ever once lapsing into moralising and political rhetoric." —What's On in London

"A profoundly affecting and moving play which brings home the point that refugees and victims of war zones world-wide have had normal, even comfortable lives before being randomly wrecked." —Theatreworld

"[A] harrowing, powerful and yet beautiful piece of theatre." —The Stage

"A remarkable achievement…this is a stirring tale of human bravery in the face of adversity." —Time Out—Critics' Choice
By Sonja Linden

Cast: 1m., 1w. (1m.-white, 1w.-black.) While Simon sits in his writing shed, trying and failing to write the ultimate post-modern novel, Juliette sits in a bleak little hostel room, struggling to write about the genocide that killed her family. These two people from entirely different worlds meet at a refugee center in London, where Simon's new job is to help refugees write. Juliette arrives with high hopes that Simon will immediately fast-track her book to a top British publishing house. Simon expects to meet a timid young woman from a deprived third-world background who will be over-awed at her first encounter with a real writer. These expectations are soon to be confounded. The manuscript that Juliette brings to their first meeting turns out to be starkly impersonal. Patently absent is any reference to its author's own experience. Simon urges Juliette to change her approach and write her personal story instead. As the story moves forward, Simon becomes obsessed with his resistant writing student, an obsession that channels its way into the releasing of his own blocked creativity. With the support and encouragement of an increasingly skilled Simon, Juliette begins to re-write her book. The point at which she always stops, however, is the actual account of her family's murder. This she cannot write or even speak about. The play culminates in the final unleashing of the dark story locked inside her, enabling her to move on with her life, and leaving Simon to re-evaluate his own. This play, about the healing power of writing, contains much humor as well as darkness, as we watch the development of a relationship across a wide cultural and age divide. Three int., one ext. playing areas. Approximate Running Time: 90 minutes.

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Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  I92
Cast Size:  2
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  45
Royalty:  Submit Application.
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  90 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 0954691237
Sonja Linden is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been produced on radio, on the London stage, and in regional theaters across the United Kingdom, as well as in the United States. Inspired by her work as writer-in-residence at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, Linden founded iceandfire theatre company, whose first production in 2003 was ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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