“This is the power of art” -Amnesty International

  • November 18, 2011 12:21 pm

Bari Hochwald, President & Artistic Director 

When the opportunity arose, in the support of the Belarus Free Theatre, for us to take our model of theatrical international engagement and apply it to essential issues such as human rights and free speech, I knew that I wanted to expand the experience by involving an organization that I have respected for years. I am thankful that they immediately understood and embraced what we were doing back in February.  And now, with our upcoming project, we have the opportunity to deepen and expand that relationship in a variety of ways all in one evening.  I am deeply grateful for this and feel sure that, as time goes forward, we will be creating innovative and exciting events together that are creatively, intellectually and spiritually provocative and that engage not only our artists but our audience into a participatory experience such as we will be doing in Association with Amnesty International on December 11th.
We asked Amnesty International Representative Jessica Farley to share why she’s involved with The GTP.
Amnesty International

JF: Amnesty International (AI) was founded 50 years ago to speak on behalf of prisoners of conscience, those who have spoken out and been detained, tortured or killed for their political or personal beliefs. Anna Politkovskaya was a heroic human rights defender and a prisoner of conscience. Her courageous investigative journalism in Russia and Chechnya did what AI activists all hope to do, be a voice for the voiceless and hold people accountable for human rights abuses. It is for this reason she won the 2001 Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. The Global Theatre Project uses artistic expression to draw awareness to human rights issues around the world, now on behalf of Anna Politkovskaya, and those of us at AI supports this important work on behalf of human rights and are excited about our relationship with The Global Theatre Project. 

Amnesty has maintained a strong relationship with artists because it is easy to make the link between creative expression and freedom of expression. I grew up studying theatre and became a member of AI when I was 14 years old. I am an artist and a human rights activist. So, I know theatre has the potential to create an experience that provides us a deeper understanding of what it means to be human and live in the world. I love that The Global Theatre Project urges us to understand not only some of the darker human experiences that we must not forget, but also offers us the opportunity to be touched by the lives of incredibly courageous people.  

Q: How is Amnesty and The GTP’s work similar and how is it different?

JF: Amnesty and The GTP share underlying values. AI has over 3 million members in 150 countries. I believe most of our members consider themselves to be world citizens. Part of The GTP’s mission is to build and promote creative cross-cultural relationships. AI and The GTP advocate for human rights and global understanding with the participation of an international community. AI members and staff may spend more time writing letters and issuing reports whereas The GTP is primarily an artistic organization, but activism can take many different forms, though our vision for a more humane world is the same.

Q: Why is Anna Politkovskaya’s voice important to be heard?

JF: Amnesty International’s emblem is a glowing candle encased in barbed wire. This symbol represents those that shine a light for others in the darkness. Anna Politkovskaya was, and remains, a light for those in Russia and Chechnya. She sought the truth in the midst of a terrible war and then shared this truth with the world, knowingly risking her life. Human rights abuses are often justified by those who commit them, but Anna Politkovskaya reminds us that such abuses are never justifiable and should never be hidden. Her work is a stand for human dignity and reminds us to have the courage to speak out, even when governments or society would have us stay silent. Her voice reminds us that we are all responsible for each other and have a say in the kind of world we share.

Q: How did you feel after the first read-through of the script?

a theatrical memorandum on Anna Politkovskaya by Stefano Massini

JF: I felt both excited to be part of this project and saddened by the reality exposed. I have heard many stories about human rights abuses, often first-hand. It is never easy. The script is moving and evocative. It gives us a glimpse of what Anna Politkovskaya’s life was like, what she discovered and the challenges she faced. This is the power of art. It brings things to life. The script brings Anna Politkovskaya to life along with those who were victims in the war between Russia and Chechnya; this is difficult to experience, but I feel it makes us better people.

Q: What about the panel interests you the most?

JF: We live in strange times. Amnesty has worked on many human rights abuses in the USA and abroad. However, we have the freedom to host a panel on human rights, and not everyone does. I am interested in the expert voices on the panel and the diverse perspectives they will bring to this discussion about freedom. I am interested to hear the questions from the audience because I imagine everyone attending will be part of a community interested in expression and humanity. 

Q: Can you please describe an Amnesty Action?

JF: Amnesty members spend a lot of time writing to oppressive governments and authorities who are able to directly make a difference for those suffering human rights abuses. We write on behalf of specific individuals or groups advocating for human rights to be upheld. It might be hard to imagine that such action would have an impact, but it does. Prisoners are often released or we receive information that their treatment has improved. We keep in touch with many former prisoners of conscience and they tell us our support gave them hope when they were alone in a cell or that their interrogators specifically mentioned calls, letters and campaigns by Amnesty International before their release. Our work shows human rights abusers that the world is watching. 

Our Amnesty action on December 11th will be for Majid Tavakkoli. Majid was studying ship building in Iran when he was imprisoned for giving a speech at his university criticizing the Iranian government in the aftermath of the disputed 2009 presidential election. His charges included “participating in an illegal gathering” and “insulting officials”. He has been sentenced to serve more than eight years in prison. He is a prisoner of conscience who was jailed simply for expressing his opinion. Majid will be part of our Write for Rights Global Write-a-thon where we will join thousand of people around the world and call on the Iranian government to uphold human rights and free Majid Tavakkoli.

Announcing the Cast for US Premiere

  • November 3, 2011 11:41 am

Photography by Lynzie Grey. Click on image to see more pictures & quotes from our first rehearsal.

 The GTP is thrilled to announce our dedicated ensemble, giving their time and talents to the US Premiere of our bilingual presentation:

as part of our end-of-year celebration 



CAROLINA GAMINI is a British trained actress who has been working in film and theatre since 2001. She studied Duo-Acting for six years with the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama and later moved to Florence, where she now lives, and continued to study both at film school and with individual Italian and American acting coaches until 2006. Her Italian-Argentine background and British schooling allow her to act in Spanish as well as English.

Among other lead roles Carolina played an Italian Juliet in Romeo e Giulietta in 2005, she was Agnes in 2007 in an English production of Agnes of God, in 2009 she combined “Commedia dell’Arte” with Stanislavski and her three languages to play all the female roles in a bilingual production of The Comedy of Errors. Recently she played Gus in a female production of The Dumb Waiter and last year debuted on her own on stage as Leslie in Her Big Chance, Talking Heads.
Her performance in the short film “Carlos y Anna” won her Best Lead Actress in the Cinema Libero Film Festival in Rome in 2009. In 2005 together with five other actors, she co-founded La Compagnia Del Giallo, a successful, interactive and improvisation-based theatre company, with which she continues to perform regularly all over Italy. 




 HENRI LUBATTI is a member of the Antaeus theater company in Los Angeles.His theater credits include work at the Mark Taper Forum, SouthCoast Repertory Theater, The Old Globe in San Diego, the Seattle Repertory Theater, and the Intiman Theater in Seattle. Henri starred in the Showtime drama series “Sleeper Cell.” He was last seen guest starring on the shows: “Grimm” and “Supernatural.”







 JUDITH SCARPONE: Credits include THEATRE (BROADWAY):The Twilight of the Golds (BOOTH THEATRE). Over 100 productions OFF-B’WAY and REGIONALLY: The Kennedy Center, The Hartman, Pasadena Playhouse, The Paramount, Walnut Street, Marines Memorial Theatre, Syracuse Stage, GeVa, Whole Theatre Co., Bergenstage etc., LOS ANGELES: Theatre @ Boston Court, The Odyssey, The Hayworth, The Court, The Coronet, The Canon, The Hudson, The Open Fist, The Road etc.

INTERNATIONALLY: Florence International Theatre Co.,The Global Theatre Project in Florence,Italy. TELEVISION: Co-Starred in several Movies for Television including “Rosanne:Portrait of a Domestic Goddess,” “A Case for Murder,” “A Match Made in Heaven,” “The Twilight of The Golds.” Guest Starred on Episodics such as “Hung,” “Law & Order,” “Lincoln Heights,” “ER,” “Dragnet,” “The Education of Max Bickford,” “Drew Carey,” “Ellen,” “One Life to Live” (recurring), “All My Children” (recurring). Series Regular on Showtime’s critically acclaimed “Bedtime”. RECENT FILMS: “Everybody Wants To Be Italian,” “Jesus,Mary,& Joey,” “Welcome Back Miss Mary,” “The Manual & Divorced White Male”. Member of The Open Fist Theatre Co., The Road Theatre Co. and Board Member of The Global Theatre Project.



LISA CIRINCIONE is thrilled to be working with The Global Theatre Project again after having been part of several inaugural productions back in Florence, Italy. Theatre credits include: The Jersey Shore House, A Dog in Space and Juliet in Doublets and Hose (a loose adaptation of Romeo and Juliet) directed by April Webster, all at The Blank Theatre. Also seen in the world premiere of Loyalties at Pacific Resident Theatre (108 performances including 2 sold-out extensions). With the Grand Guignolers in A Grand Guignol Kabarett and A Grand Guignol Children’s Show* not for children. FOR PACIFIC STAGES: Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero and Lee Blessing’s Great Falls with Alan Blumenfeld. EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL: Johnny Guitar and the award winning Star Wars Trilogy in Thirty Minutes. Neil Simon’s I Ought to be in Pictures at the Long Beach Playhouse, Douglas Carter Beane’s The Country Club, Lorca’s Blood Wedding, Anita in West Side Story and Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. Lisa is a graduate of the B.F.A acting program at U.S.C. and a proud member of Actors Equity. She currently studies with Diana Castle at The Imagined Life. Lisa is also the founder and president of English Language Universal, a L.A. based language institute, which teaches English to artists and diplomats from around the globe. www.englishlanguageuniversal.com. Tanti Grazie a Bari e inboca a lupo. 

ALEXANDRA GOODMANCelebration, Cousin Bette, Arcadia, The After Dinner Joke,Camino Real (Antaeus); Arcadia (Sierra Madre Playhouse); Uncle Vanya, Rhinoceros, Freud Scenario (Wright Theatre), AntigoneMidsummer Night’s Dream,Steel Magnolias (City Theatre).  Films include “The Selling,” “Stik Men,” “Brain Dead” and “Fear Ever After,” and the hilarious webseries “Lien On Me.”  She is a proud member of the A2 Ensemble, Antaeus’ young company.



KATE MAHER has a BFA from University of Southern California.  While there, she was seen in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Mansfield Park, Playing with Fire, Barbarians and The Crucible.  She is also a proud member of Antaeus’ A2 Ensemble and New American Theatre Company (formerly known as Circus Theatricals).  Kate is honored to be working with The Global Theatre Project on such a worthy cause.



 STEVE MAZUREK Currently can be seen in Hollywood in Show At Barre’s concert series For The Record: Tarantino, Baz LuhrmannCoen Brothersand John Hughes, Also with Show At Barre: Rocky Horror (Brad), Hip Hipsteret,and Stoned Soul Picnic (The Music of Laura Nyro). Steve has travelled around North America as a featured solo artist with the Cincinnati Pops, Vancouver Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.  LA THEATER: Les Miserables (Hollywood Bowl), Great Expectations (Odyssey Theater), REGIONAL: Yeast Nation (PCLO), The Irish Crossing (Pittsburgh City Theater) and As You Like It (Unseam’d Shakespeare). TV debut this summer in HawthoRNe on TNT. Steve is a graduate of The Interlochen Arts Academy and received his BFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University.




JASON THOMAS is a graduate of the Acting Program at the University of Northern Colorado.  Jason is an A2 Ensemble member at Antaeus.  Theater credits include Cato in Julius Caesar at Theatricum Botanicum, Henry Furley inEasy Virtue at Antaeus, Starveling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Hermosa Beach Playhouse, Brad in A Devil Inside, Renfield in Dracula, Agamemnon inApollo and Cassandra, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Grumio in Taming of the Shrew, Boulot in Paradise Hotel, among others.  Television credits include “Cold Case,” “12 Corozones,” and “Fed Up.”  Jason can spin flat items extremely well and make balloon animals.  Thank you for supporting the theater.




RANDOLPH THOMPSON: Favorite productions include Shortlived 2.0 (PianoFight L.A.), Monkey Madness (L.A. Theatre Ensemble), Dancing vs. The Rat Experiment (LaMama, E.T.C.), Schriebstück (U.S. & Canadian Premieres), Roberto Zucco (The Ohio Theater), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Baryshnikov Arts Center), and Twelfth Night (The Wild Project). Graduate of Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.



The Global Theatre Project

in association with Amnesty International

in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute



Create the World Together

December 11, 2011

at the Los Angeles Theatre  Center in historical downtown LA

Ticket information here


7.00pm Bilingual Performance | Act One includes the US premiere of ‘A Stubborn Woman, a theatrical memorandum on Anna Politkovskaya’ by Florentine playwright Stefano Massini.  Presented bilingually in English and Italian with supertitles. Directed by Bari Hochwald & Produced by Deirdre Murphy.

8:45pm Panel: Journalists’ Civil Rights | Act Two is a panel discussion which explores the impact on civil rights and democracies when journalists suffer violent reprisal for reporting truth in conflict zones, and why we in the states should care about this issue. Panel announced in November.

9:30pm Reception & Action | Act Three offers the choice of a cocktail with the event participants in the theatre or engaging in an human rights action in the lobby with members of Amnesty International.

Click here for more information or to buy tickets to the event | Save the Date Press Release