New York Theatre Workshop is proud to host the world premiere of Are We There Yet, theatre told verbatim by Ukrainian teen refugees. Presented by Teens Ukraine Theater (TUT), Are We There Yet is a documentary theatre piece centered on children’s experience during the war, Russian invasion of Ukraine in New York City.
Listen to a conversation between Jerome Allen-Smith, Marketing Fellow and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer to Ukraine, and Anya Zicar, director of Are There Yet and Founder to Lost and Found Theatre.
Are We There Yet is the culmination performance piece of the TUT program. TUT, which translates into “here,” is a theatrical laboratory for Marks JCH refugee teenagers from Ukraine who found their way to New York City during the last 12 months as a result of the full-scale Russian invasion. TUT has engaged Ukrainian teens ages 12-17 via workshops in an exploration of their personal stories through verbatim theatre technique and educational theater.
Are We There Yet is a multidisciplinary verbatim theatre production derived entirely from personal stories of ten teen immigrant/refugees from Ukraine, displaced and uprooted by war. Some of their families are still in Ukraine beneath the bombs. They feel the dissonance while stuck in a vacuum wanting to go back to the fateful day of February 23rd or to find themselves after the war has already ended so they can finally return home. Where is home and how can they shelter themselves from this horrific reality? When will the war end? What if? Are we there yet? These questions are just the tip of the iceberg as they relive their traumas, reflecting the experience of thousands of refugees and echoing the voices of those who are still in Ukraine.
Performances: March 25 @ 7:30 pm, March 26 @ 1:00 pm, March 26 @ 6:00 pm – THIS PERFORMANCE IS SOLD OUT. YOU CAN STILL DONATE TOWARDS UKRAINE RELIEF FUNDS.