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Bradley's Theatre Department will amplify 'Voices From Ukraine' in this year's first production

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A Ukrainian soldier helps his wounded fellow soldier while military vehicles move on the road in the freed territory in the Kharkiv region, Ukraine, Monday, Sept. 12, 2022. Ukrainian troops retook a wide swath of territory from Russia on Monday, pushing all the way back to the northeastern border in some places, and claimed to have captured many Russian soldiers as part of a lightning advance that forced Moscow to make a hasty retreat. (AP Photo/Kostiantyn Liberov)

The Bradley University Theatre season is kicking off with performances written from the frontlines of the war in Ukraine.

"Voices from Ukraine" features readings of seven plays written by Ukrainians since the beginning of Russia's invasion of their country.

Theatre Arts associate professor Dan Matisa selected the plays.

"The pieces are really, really great," Matisa said. "It's an eclectic mix of pieces with different styles, and covering different topics such as survivor's guilt, topics like seeing a story through a child's eyes."

Theatre Arts chairperson Scott Kanoff said the Ukrainian plays offer a unique opportunity.

"When we're picking season and putting plays together, we want to address things that are happening now and balance the experiences we're offering people," he said. "And we don't often get a chance to do something this current or this immediate."

The production is at the Hartmann Center on the Bradley University campus this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the evening. Admission is free, but donations to Ukrainian humanitarian relief efforts are encouraged.

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