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COM Student and Iraq War Veteran to Meet Visiting Iraqi Student Actors

Local Film Maker, College of Marin Actor, and Iraq Veteran Christopher Loverro set to Greet Visiting Iraqi Student Actors Invited to Perform at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland

Kentfield, CA— June 25, 2012 —A group of Iraqi drama students from the American University in Suliamani, Iraq recently presented the first ever English Language performance of a Shakespearean play in Iraq. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland heard about it, contacted them and invited them to come and perform at Ashland this summer, provided they raise the $30,000 necessary to make the journey themselves.  With a little help from the online website, KICK START, they exceeded their goal and will arrive at SFO on Wednesday, June 27th.

After a short stay in Santa Clara, where they will work with local actor Aldo Billingslea (recently seen as Othello at Marin Theatre Company) they will travel by bus to Ashland where they will be performing on the green, see some local sights and be involved in cultural exchange.

Meanwhile, local film maker, College of Marin actor (Orlando in AS YOU LIKE IT), Christopher Loverro, who is also an Iraq veteran, learned of this and wrote to Ashland to suggest that he and other local Iraq vets with an interest in film and theatre would very much like to welcome them when they arrive at SFO and go to Ashland to see them perform.  So a small contingency of local Iraq vets will travel to Ashland to see the students perform and meet with them.  There will be a post-show discussion after a performance of TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, which the OSF has set during the Iraq war, and Chris has been asked to participate.

Loverro says he feels that “art is a good way to bring people together and heal the wounds of war.”  He also says that he and his fellow vets “would love to see us come together in friendship to help remind the world that we are all just people.  Art transcends politics.”

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