Laila Ayad portrays Farida Azizi in the play “SEVEN,” which features the stories of seven incredible women.
Photo by Rich Rose

Women’s History Month celebrated on stage


In honor of Women’s History Month, five Minnesota performing art centers — including the Page Theatre in Winona — will proudly present “SEVEN,” a riveting documentary play by seven female writers based on personal interviews with seven remarkable women who faced life-threatening obstacles before bringing heroic changes to their home countries of Pakistan, Nigeria, Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Russia, and Cambodia.

Produced by L.A. Theatre Works, the play makes the powerful and timeless statement that even in the darkest times, one person, one voice, and a single act of courage can change the lives of thousands.

The “SEVEN” tour in Minnesota kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, at Page Theatre. Following its stop in Winona, “SEVEN” will be performed in Red Wing, Collegeville, and Saint Paul, and Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Playwrights Carol K. Mack (who conceived the play), Anna Deavere Smith, Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Ruth Margraff, and Susan Yankowitz collaborated to create a tapestry of stories that weave together the words of the seven women, dramatizing their struggles and triumphs over resistance, death threats, entrenched norms, and pervasive violence. Since the premiere in 2008, the piece has been translated into 27 languages and performed worldwide in more than 30 countries.

In addition to the performance, the Page Series will also host an Audition and Monologue Workshop, taught by L.A. Theatre Works company members who are veteran actors of stage and screen. Several local actors will perform, and observation is free and open to all. The workshop takes place at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, in the Saint Mary’s Performance Center’s Figliulo Recital Hall.

Following “SEVEN,” the Page Series will continue its salute to women’s history with “SPEAK” on Friday, March 27. Developed by the Leela Dance Collective in collaboration with Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, “SPEAK” brings female voices to the forefront of two historically male-dominated art forms: tap and Kathak dance. The artists will also offer residency activities across Winona from March 23 to 28.

Tickets to “SEVEN” are $27 for adults, $24 for students (age 18 and older) and senior citizens (age 62 and older), and $18 for youth (age 17 and younger). More information is available by visiting or calling the Performance Center box office at 507-457-1715 from noon to 6 p.m. on weekdays.


About L.A. Theatre Works

Under the leadership of producing director, Susan Albert Loewenberg, L.A. Theatre Works (LATW) has been the foremost radio theater company in the United States for four decades. LATW is broadcast weekly in America on public radio stations, daily in China on the Radio Beijing Network, streamed online at, and aired internationally on the BBC, CBC, and many other English-language networks. LATW has single-handedly brought the finest recorded dramatic literature into the homes of millions. On the road, LATW has delighted audiences with its unique live radio theater style performances in over 300 small towns and major cities, including New York, Boston, San Francisco, Washington, Chicago, Beijing, and Shanghai. An LATW performance is immediate, spontaneous, and features a first-rate cast, live sound effects, and a connection to the audience rarely felt in a traditional theater setting. This theater … is an event.


About the Page Series

Now in its 33rd season, the Page Series connects professional performing artists from around the globe with thousands of Winonans each year. With events at the Joseph Page Theatre on the Winona campus of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, as well as locations across the Winona community, the Page Series offers dance, music, and theater performances, workshops, classes, and more that inspire, uplift, educate, and invite community members to discover the relevance of the arts in their daily lives.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


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