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Kennedy Center Presents No Place Called Home As Part of World Refugee Day
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From Emily Krahn: As part of World Refugee Day 2012, the Millennium Stage and the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) will present a free performance of the play No Place Called Home Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6 p.m. This new play, written and performed by Kim Schultz, will be introduced by Khaled Hosseini, UNHCR Goodwill Envoy and best-selling author of The Kite Runner. The event will also feature a multimedia exhibition focusing on individuals displaced in the Horn of Africa, which will be on display in the Hall of Nations June 18-26, 2012. No Place Called Home contains strong language and mature content. 

No Place Called Home focuses on the story of playwright Kim Schultz and her experience of falling in love with one of the Iraqi refugees she interviewed during an Intersections International fact-finding mission in 2009. As part of the Iraqi Voices Amplification Project (IVAP), Schultz traveled with a delegation of eight American artists through Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. Their goal was to use the power of the arts to call attention to one of the most pressing and under-reported humanitarian crisis issues of our time: the displacement of more than 4 million Iraqis as a result of the military intervention in Iraq. The delegation entered into conversations with hundreds of refugees, and upon their return, created a series of artistic pieces designed to humanize the crisis and give voice to millions of refugees. 

No Place Called Home is one such piece. Originally commissioned in New York by Intersections International, the play is directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde, features live music by Amikaeyla Gaston, and is written and performed by Kim Schultz. 

From June 18-26, the Hall of Nations will house a dynamic multimedia exhibition featuring short documentaries, poetry, and music videos that provide an intimate glimpse into the lives of hundreds of thousands of refugees living in exile in Kenya. The videos, which are part of the Dadaab Stories project by Film Aide and UNHCR’s 1 Story 1 Life video series, portray the strength of these refugees using multiple images and songs, including “A Heavy Abacus” by The Joy Formidable. 

New York-based writer and actress Kim Schultz has performed nationally and internationally, appearing at the Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, Chicago Improv Festival, The Brave New Workshop, in a HBO Comedy Showcase in Los Angeles, and writing and performing a show for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She also wrote and performed a critically acclaimed autobiographical solo show performed Off-Broadway called, The F Trip. She runs the Kim Schultz Improv, a school in New York. 

Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan-born American novelist and physician known for his 2003 international best seller The Kite Runner, which has been published in 70 countries. His second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns was published in 2007, and is currently being published in 60 countries. In 2006 he was named a goodwill envoy to UNHCR, and he has been working to provide humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan through The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, which was inspired by his 2007 trip to Afghanistan with UNHCR. 

Director Sarah Cameron Sunde’s directing credits include the U.S. premieres of The Diary of a Teenage Girl by Marielle Heller (3LD), The Amish Project by Jessica Dickey (Rattlestick, Fringe et. al), What May Fall by Peter Gil-Sheridan (Guthrie Theater), The Asphalt Kiss by Nelson Rodrigues (59E59), and her own translations of Night Sings Its Songs, deathvariations and Sa Ka La by Norway’s Jon Fosse. She is the associate director of New Georges and co-founder of Oslo Elsewhere, both located in New York City. 

Musician and performer Amikaeyla Gaston has performed and recorded with numerous Grammy Award®-winning artists across the world including at the commemoration of the Golden Buddha at the Inaugural Festival of Sacred Chanting and Singing in India. Her albums include her award-winning debut Mosaic and her latest project, Uncertain Odyssey, is based on conversations with Iraqi Refugees. 

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