About the Grant

$25,000 to support Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo (MAP 2011), a new multidisciplinary theater work written by Ping Chong and Kyle Bass.

About the Project

Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo is based on the firsthand experiences of the Congolese refugee community in Syracuse, New York, and their efforts to build community and to reconcile in their adopted community. There are approximately 200 refugees from the Congo genocide now living in Syracuse. Their numbers represent twelve different ethnic groups with a blood-soaked past hanging among them; victims and perpetrators live in close proximity. Although they’ve escaped the conflict in the Congo, tension and mistrust remain.

The goal of Cry for Peace is to use the theatrical form developed by Ping Chong in his ongoing Undesirable Elements oral history series to educate the wider community about the urgent humanitarian issues facing the people of the Congo, and to explore the steps that one community has taken to reach a tenuous reconciliation once-removed from a state of war. To that end, the authors have worked closely with Cyprien Mihigo, leader of the Congolese Community of Syracuse. The project will be a coproduction with Syracuse University and the Congolese Community of Syracuse. A workshop production will take place at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in Fall 2011 and the full premiere will be held at Syracuse Stage during the 2012¬–2013 season, with a long-term goal of bringing the project to the Congo.

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Ping Chong & Company


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