Theatre piece to raise funds for Ukrainian Refugee Relief

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As the horrific war on the citizens of Ukraine continues to rage, the one-year anniversary of the Russian invasion is almost upon us.

While many of us have contributed to the efforts to support the innocent, playwright Gary Hoffman has written an historical drama, tracing the war through the two principle individuals involved, Putin and Zelensky.

Using a couple of their actual short speeches as a base for his satirical piece, the play titled The Two Swans:Vladimir/Volodymyr, does a deep dive into the background of this tragic war.

Written during a stay in Kyiv, the play reveals previously little-known facts and humor is employed judiciously to lighten the subject matter.

Presented as a staged reading in two acts, 16 scenes, with 12 roles, The Two Swans: Vladimir/Volodymyr can be seen at the Triad Theatre, Feb. 14 and 15 at 7 PM.

Offered on and about Valentine’s Day, Hoffman stated that his is not a play about war, “it’s a play about the love of a people for their country… a valentine to Zelensky and the Ukrainians.”

Hoffman’s hope is to produce a world premiere of his play in Kyiv, Ukraine, once the war there ceases.

All proceeds from the play and donations collected will go to Ukrainian Refugee Relief. For information and tickets: Triad Theatre


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