“Mom on Skype”: Performed by Ukrainian Kids Theater

Top Pick Next Event: August 17, 2022 Brookline $25.00
"Mom on Skype" (Courtesy photo: The Space at Irondale)

In a bomb shelter in Lviv, Ukraine, a young soldier on duty rehearses a play that he has directed about the separation and disconnection of children and parents. His cast comprises nine children between the ages of 10 and 14, including his own daughter. Children who, overnight, have had to deal with the realities of missiles directed at them, bombs falling around them and the fear that at any moment a family member or they, themselves, might die.

Ukraine Forward and Center Makor will bring this courageous production, “Mom on Skype,” with its Ukrainian cast to Brookline this August with your help.

For three weeks, the young Ukrainian performers from The School of Open-Minded Kids Studio Theatre will rehearse, interact with the Irondale Young Company and sample New York City’s cultural riches. They have also been invited by the organization Sing for Hope to a youth retreat in Ivoryton, Connecticut, where they will create theater and music with other American teens.

Won’t you sponsor one of these visitors? We still have approximately $40,000 to ensure that we can make this project work. You can sponsor the entire trip for one Ukrainian visitor for $3,000. That includes meals, tickets to museums, shows, tourist attractions and travel expenses. Please help us bring this group over. It will certainly change their lives—and it may change yours.

The play was created by a group of actors—teenagers of the theater studio School of Arts of the Free and Indifferent under the direction of Oleg Oneshchak on the book of the same name, “Mom on Skype.” This story raises the irritating and ambiguous topic of social orphanhood as a consequence of labor migration and, more broadly, the communication gap between parents and children.

“I live with my grandmother, which I love very much. My mother does not live with us now, because she earns money in Italy. When she comes to visit the house, she says that Italy is a very beautiful, sunny country. But for me, this country is foreign, distant and not at all sunny, because it took away my mother.”

The play uses works by the following authors: Marianna Kiyanovska, Marianna Savka, Oksana Lushchevska, Tanya Malyarchuk, Halyna Kruk and Kateryna Mikhalytsyna.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Thursday, August 18, 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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