Join us for a staged reading of this new one-act play by Ivan Fuller (SA), featuring performances by Innocent Munyseshuri (Rwanda), Eliane Umuhire (Rwanda) and Maija Rivenburg (USA). The one-hour-long play will be followed by a discussion with the audience about the play.

When: Sunday, 16 July, 2- 4pm
Where: Kigali Genocide Memorial, Peace School

Deceived by Silence takes place fifteen years after the genocide against the Tutsis when Geneva, a young American teacher, travels to Kigali in an attempt to chase away her demons, hoping that an immersion in a world rocked with pain will help put hers into perspective. When she arrives she befriends two people whose own demons collide with hers as all three of them struggle for understanding and a way to continue living next door to their sorrow.

The play follows Geneva as she befriends Alphonse, caretaker for the school at which she will spend the next month. Her co-worker and school director, Francine, also becomes her guide through the dark past of the 1994 Genocide. Both Alphonse and Francine have very different tragedies with which they must live and Geneva brings into their lives the need to find healing from her own tragedy. Questions of forgiveness and how one finds a path through the darkness drive each of the characters toward the play’s conclusion.


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