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Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek

Elizabeth Martin

March 7 @ 8pm, March 8 @ 3pm & 8pm

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Harriet Tubman Theater
50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Flex passes are valid for this performance!
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 starting on the
week of the performance, beginning Monday at 12pm



IKnow Theatre presents the remount of our 2012 production We Will Rise: Selections from the Afghan Women's Writing Project, comprised of collections of stories from the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. Know Theatre commissioned playwrights Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek to curate a performance piece from the writings available on the Project website (

The Afghan Women’s Writing Project began as an idea during novelist Masha Hamilton’s last trip to Afghanistan in November 2008. Masha first visited the country in 2004, and was awed and inspired by the resolute courage of the women she met. When she returned, she saw doors were closing and life was again becoming more difficult, especially for women. She began to fear we could lose access to the voices of Afghan women if we didn’t act soon. The Afghan Women’s Writing Project is aimed at allowing Afghan women to have a direct voice in the world, not filtered through male relatives or members of the media. Many of these Afghan women have to make extreme efforts to gain computer access in order to secretly submit their writings, in English, to the project.

The project reaches out to talented and generous women author/teachers here in the United States and engages them, on a volunteer, rotating basis, to teach Afghan women online from Afghanistan. The goal of the project is to encourage the women to develop their voices and share their stories, something that was not permitted during the years when Afghanistan was Taliban-held.



Burgess Byrd
Maya Farhat
Maliyah Gramata
Lauren Hayes
Amy Warner*
Torie Wiggins*

*Member of Actors Equity Association


In The News     

Review: Afghan project packs power - by Jackie Demaline, Cincinnati Enquirer

At Know: Words of hope and horror - by Jackie Demaline, Cincinnati Enquirer

On Stage: Afghan Women's Writing Project - by Rick Pender, CityBeat

Global Spotlight: Afghanistan - Nicole Estvanik Taylor, American Theatre Magazine


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