The Most Unsatisfied Town @ English Theatre Berlin
Six additional performances of the world premiere production of The Most Unsatisfied Town by Amy Evans, directed by Daniel Brunet, will run at English Theatre Berlin Performing Arts Center March 9 – 11, March 15 – 16, and March 18. The production features a lobby exhibition exploring the case of Oury Jalloh and other deaths in police custody throughout Europe and features two post-performance discussions on March 10 and March 16.
The Most Unsatisfied Town is based on the true story of Oury Jalloh, who was killed in Dessau police custody on January 7, 2005, and the activists of the Initiative in Remembrance of Oury Jalloh, who spurred an international movement to bring his killers to justice.
The play is performed in English with German subtitles.
In conjunction with the production, English Theatre Berlin International Performing Arts Center is proud to offer school workshops in cooperation with the Initiative in Remembrance of Oury Jalloh. Student matinees can also be arranged with these workshops on March 13, 14, 15 or 16. Please email tickets (at) etberlin.de for more information.
The Champion @ Arkansas New Play Festival, June 17 – June 25
The Champion, by Amy Evans of Brooklyn, N.Y., is set in 1962 with Nina Simone and her band snowed in a small-town cafe in North Carolina. The close quarters soon flare up arguments and secrets begin to come up, and the unfriendly territory leads to life-changing decisions. Readings are scheduled for 2 p.m. at Crystal Bridges June 18, and 5:30 p.m. at TheatreSquared June 25. Directed by Reginald Douglas. With Joy Jones, Scott Thomas, Jasmine Carmichael, Eric Robinson, Bryce Kemph, Kurt Longfellow, and Austin Ashford.
World Premiere: The Most Unsatisfied Town
A BRUTAL CRIME. A COVER-UP. A FIGHT FOR JUSTICE.
Written by AMY EVANS
Directed by DANIEL BRUNET
With the support of the Initiative in Remembrance of Oury Jalloh
Since he arrived in Germany, Laurence has tried to do everything by the rules. He applied for asylum, waited patiently for his papers and found the kind of job no national would ever care to do. He’s found the formula for survival, or so he thinks, until one day his friend Rahim mysteriously disappears. When the body turns up charred beyond recognition, Laurence is thrust to the fore of a civil rights movement and is forced to take a closer look at the town he was so ready to call home. The Most Unsatisfied Town is based on the true story of Oury Jalloh, who was killed in Dessau police custody on January 7, 2005, and the activists of the Initiative in Remembrance of Oury Jalloh, who spurred an international movement to bring his killers to justice.
April 7 – 10, 13 – 16 and 19 – 22 with post-performance discussions on April 8, 14 and 21 and a pre-performance panel on refugee activism beginning at 4pm on Sunday, April 10.
Tickets 14 € (8 € Students)
English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center
Fidicinstr. 40, 10965 Berlin (Kreuzberg)
Platz der Luftbrücke: U6, Bus 104, 248, Mehringdamm: Bus M19
Friday, April 8th | Post-Performance Discussion (in conjunction with Theater Scoutings Berlin)
• Mouctar Bah, Initiative in Remembrance of Oury Jalloh
• Moderation by Amy Evans, Playwright
• Simultaneous Interpretation (German-English) by Catherine Johnson
Sunday, April 10th | Pre-Performance Panel Discussion (4pm)
• Mai Shutta, Oranienplatz Activist
• Elizabeth Ngari, Women in Exile
• Dr. Sunny Omwenyeke, The Voice Refugee Forum Bremen / The Caravan
• Bino Byansi Byakuleka, Oranienplatz Activist and African Refugees Union
• Moderation by Sharon Dodua Otoo, RAA Berlin
Thursday, April 14th | Post-Performance Discussion
• Dr. Andrés Nader, Executive Director, RAA Berlin
• Moderation by Josephine Apraku, Institut für diskriminierungsfreie Bildung
Thursday, April 21st | Post-Performance Discussion
• Thomas Ndindah, Initiative in Remembrance of Oury Jalloh
• Moderation by Dr. Noa Ha, Migrationsrat Berlin-Brandenburg e.V.
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A New Play by Amy Evans
Staged reading directed by Suba Das
Monday, October 26th @ 7:30 PM
Vibrant Festival of New Writing 2015
The Finborough Theatre
118 Finborough Road
He wasn’t the kind of person to lead a movement – until he had to be.
The Most Unsatisfied Town
A new play by Amy Evans
Since claiming asylum in Germany, Laurence has had to start his life over again. He’s found the formula for survival, or so he thinks, until one day his closest friend mysteriously disappears. When the body turns up charred beyond recognition, a search for those responsible begins, forcing Laurence to take a closer look at the town he was so ready to call home. Based on the true story of Oury Jalloh.
The Champion: A New Play
Inspired by the Life of Nina Simone
BRIC Arts | Media House
647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
March 6 and 7, 2015 at 7:30 PM
BRIC House Artist Studio
$10 Adv | $14 Door
A new play by Brooklyn playwright Amy Evans, created with UK-based director Mark Rosenblatt and actor Noma Dumezweni, The Champion is inspired by the life of Nina Simone, and offers a rare look into the heart and mind of an artist known as much for her indictment of American racism as her artistic brilliance. Based on extensive research including personal interviews with Simone’s former bandmates, friends, and family members, the play is an intimate portrayal of a cultural icon, the outstanding musicians who worked with her, and the turbulent era during which they rose to fame.
Each show will be followed by a discussion about the creative process behind the play with special guest moderators Jeff Lieberman (director of the acclaimed documentary The Amazing Nina Simone) on March 6 and Salamishah Tillet, who led the groundbreaking seminar ‘Nina Simone: Myth, Meme, and the Icon of a Movement’ at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently at work on a new book examining the legacy of Nina Simone, on March 7.
Oury Jalloh – Oranienplatz – Ohlauer Strasse
The Impact of European Refugee Policy in Europe
Exhibition | Scenic Presentation | Panel Discussion
English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center
Sat, January 17, 2015 | 2pm Main Stage + Foyer
We commemorate the ten-year anniversary of the death-in-custody of Oury Jalloh with a day of art and action. The event includes a specially commissioned foyer exhibition, the official launch and scenic presentation of the play The Most Unsatisfied Town by Amy Evans, directed by Daniel Brunet, and a panel discussion moderated by Noa Ha, urban researcher (board member of Migrationsrat Berlin-Brandenburg e.V.), with Mouctar Bah, human rights activist (Initiative Oury Jalloh), Canan Bayram, politician (Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen), Eddie Bruce-Jones, legal expert (Oury Jalloh International Independent Commission) and Mai Shutta, human rights activist & refugee (Oranienplatz & Ohlauer Straße).
In the early hours of 7 January 2005, Oury Jalloh, a man seeking asylum from Sierra Leone, was apprehended by German police authorities in Dessau and shackled by his hands and feet to the floor of a cell furnished with nothing other than a fireproof mattress. Several hours later a fire broke out in the holding facility. Police authorities neglected to respond to fire alarms in a timely manner, and Oury Jalloh was left to burn to death in his cell. Three years later two of the police officers on duty at the time of the incident were prosecuted on charges of wrongful death. The defense argued that Oury Jalloh had intentionally set himself alight with a cigarette lighter concealed in his clothing. After a trial lasting over fifty days, the police officers were acquitted of any wrongdoing.
The Initiative Oury Jalloh, an organization founded by friends and family of the deceased, appealed the verdict, insisting that the trial in Dessau had been mishandled. Five years to the day of Oury Jalloh’s death, the Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe overturned the verdict and re-opened the case against the police. This unprecedented decision brought urgent attention to the contentious triangle of asylum policy, racism, and police brutality in Germany and in the European Union as a whole.
The Most Unsatisfied Town by Amy Evans
Since his arrival in Germany as a refugee, Laurence has tried to do everything right, taking the kind of job no national would ever want and making friends with his neighbors, even the families of those who tease his children in school. He’s found the formula for survival, or so he thinks, until one day his closest friend mysteriously disappears. When the body turns up charred beyond recognition, a search for those responsible begins, forcing Laurence to take a closer look at the town he was so ready to call home.