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Ginger Hibiscus | LOOK AHEAD: Sense of an Ending at Theatre503
Ginger Hibiscus | LOOK AHEAD: Sense of an Ending at Theatre503
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06 Apr LOOK AHEAD: World Premiere of Sense of an Ending at Theatre503

Writer – Ken Urban
Director – Jonathan O’Boyle
Designer – Celia Carey
Sound Designer – Max Perryment
Lighting Designer – Joshua Pharo

Theatre503 have announced the world premiere of award-winning playwright Ken Urban’s Sense of an Ending, marking the 21st anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, this “compelling political thriller” will ”ask if forgiveness is possible in a situation where truth is never simple.”

Charles, a New York Times journalist, arrives in Rwanda for an exclusive interview with two Hutu nuns. Charged with war crimes during the 1994 genocide, the nuns must convince the world of their innocence or face a lifetime in prison. When an unknown survivor contradicts their story, Charles must choose which version of the truth to believe.

Urban’s Sense of an Ending shines a light on journalistic truth and morality amid the atrocity of the Rwandan genocide, a scar on the history of Rwanda left by the mass murder of 500,000 to 1,000,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu, as civil war raged and rape was the rule rather than the exception. War crimes, in every meaning.

The first of Urban’s plays to be presented in Europe, the New York playwright and screenwriter’s awards include the Weissberger Playwriting Award, Huntington Playwriting Fellowship, Djerassi Artist Residency, Dramatist Guild Fellowship, MacDowell Colony Fellowships, and SPF/Donmar Warehouse Residency. The Sense of an Ending script won the Best New Play award at the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Producer Jessica Campbell comments, “Ken’s compelling script explores so many questions: how can a journalist balance his loyalty to the people he meets and his duty to report the truth? How can a nation ever heal after such devastating loss of life? We’re excited – if somewhat daunted – to be exploring these questions in this world premiere. With an all-black cast, this shockingly powerful piece of writing, based on a true story, is a must-see at Theatre503.”

For tickets and information:
Venue: Theatre503
Dates: 12th May – 6th June 2015