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Crudup, Stoppard, DeLillo & Others Headline NYC Fundraiser for Belarus Free Theater

In Uncategorized on January 11, 2011 at 7:10 pm


Billy Crudup, Tom Stoppard, Don DeLillo, Others to Headline Benefit Rally on Eve of Troupe’s Return to Minsk

WHAT: Benefit reading and celebration of the Belarus Free Theater one month to the day after the crackdown that saw theater members and over 600 other writers, journalists, and opposition activists arrested following flawed elections in Belarus. Leading writers and artists will speak and read, and Belarus Free Theater founders and members will discuss the crackdown and their struggle to perform in “the last dictatorship in Europe.”

WHO: Billy Crudup, Don DeLillo, Tom Stoppard, the Belarus Free Theater and Iva Bittova

WHEN: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 @ 7:00 p.m

WHERE: Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, NYC (at Thompson Street)

COST: $25 per ticket

Press who plan to attend should RSVP to


Two weeks ago, the members of the Belarus Free Theater were either in jail or in hiding. Now, miraculously, they are performing their play “Being Harold Pinter” as part of the Under the Radar Festival in New York. Soon they will be back in Belarus, where they will continue to risk the wrath of President Aleksandr Lukashenko, the man known as “Europe’s last dictator.”

On the eve of their return to Minsk, the Belarus Free Theater joins internationally-acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard, PEN American Center, and a stellar supporting cast for an evening celebrating artistic freedom and the courage of hundreds of writers, artists, journalists, and intellectuals targeted in Lukashenko’s latest crackdown. Billy Crudup, Don DeLillo, and other surprise guests come together for a farewell gathering featuring literature, music, and cocktail conversation about the power of art and the future of Belarus.

$25 per ticket


Billy Crudup

Tom Stoppard

Don DeLillo, author of "White Noise"

Iva Bittova, violinist/vocalist



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