World Premiere of “Refuge”
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World Premiere of “Refuge”

April 25 - May 11

Baruch Performing Arts Center, along with New York-based theater company Blessed Unrest and Teatri ODA of Kosovo, will co-present the World Premiere of Refuge from April 25 – May 11 @ 7:30, with a variable weekly schedule and a 5pm performance Sun May 5 (Opening Night April 27). Tickets are $16-36 and may be purchased at

In Refuge, a deathbed confession launches a young Jewish woman on a journey of discovery to a remote Albanian village. What she finds reveals both the truth of her family’s escape, and those who risked everything to provide them with refuge.

The Refuge creative team and performerswill host a series of events to accompany the performances. Post-performance programs can deepen the experience of the many current topics touched upon by this play. The programs will explore topics such as the journeys of refugees historically and in the current currently climate, as well as diving into the personal as well as the global Jewish experience. Along with the creative team, the programs will include diverse guest speakers who add additional richness and perspective to the discussions. With a ticket to any performance of Refugeadmission to the programs is freeOne ticket to Refuge grants admission to any and all of the programs.

Wednesday, May 1: Post-Performance Discussion
Refuge in Context: Activism, Education, and #Resistance
A post-performance program on combating hate in the modern day, with a focus on refugee protection and advocacy. Featuring Anne Frank Center Education Director Katherine Meade, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) Executive Board Member and activist Rafael Shimunov, and a representative from the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS).
Sunday, May 5 at 6:30pm: MOTH-style Story Slam
Prepare a 5-minute story about those who have helped your family survive persecution or threat to life, or how you were taken in during some time of crisis. Have you welcomed a refugee from another country, simply hosted a neighbor who lost their keys, or have you found cover under a
stranger’s umbrella in a downpour? Share your story of a lifesaving or simple moment of refuge that was life-altering. (Time limit: 5 minutes).
Monday, May 6: Post-Performance Discussion
Refuge in Context: Displacement and Narrative During the Holocaust
A  post-performance program on the refugee crisis in Europe during World War II exploring the relevance of Jewish and Muslim stories today. Featuring Jessica Lang, Professor of English and Director of Jewish Studies at Baruch; Debra Caplan, Assistant Professor of Theatre at Baruch and author of Yiddish Empire: Jews, Theater, and the Aesthetics of Itinerancy; and Elidor Melhili, Assistant Professor of History at Hunter, and author of From Stalin to Mao: Albania and the Socialist World. Moderated by Jessica Burr, co-director of Refuge.


April 25
May 11
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Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Avenue (enter at 25th Street between 3rd and Lexington avenues)