Andrea Stolowitz | Refugee Radio
While living in Berlin, playwright Andrea Stolowitz would sometimes listen to a radio program hosted by “El Capitan,” a Nigerian refugee now living in Germany. Using the medium of radio he leads refugees by his voice across the Mediterranean to Hamburg, providing them with advice, tips, and stories all along the way. Andrea was captivated by questions that arise when the largest refugee movement since WWII collides with fractious political climate and fear of terrorism: What happens when our desire to help and “do good” conflicts with our fear? What occurs when the hope for safety and asylum causes people to hide elements of their past? Is there one perspective with which to view a person’s story and history and what happens when this story can’t fit into easily understood notions of good and bad?
Presently titled Refugee Radio, Andrea’s new play will utilize the current refugee crisis as the point of departure. She will be writing with Artists Rep’s company of Resident Artists in mind, drawing on their talent and imaginations as she develops the play. Her early thoughts on the project include using a Rashomon-like structure and utilizing radio/recorded voice as a theatrical element designed to unite characters across time and location.
Refugee Radio will be developed during summer of the 2016/17 season and workshopped at Artists Rep in the Fall of 2017.