The Worldwide Readings Project
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The Worldwide Readings Project was founded in September 2020, when Belarusian playwright Andrei Kureichik asked John Freedman if he would translate his play “Insulted. Belarus”, about the revolution in Minsk and “perhaps arrange a few readings”. Two years later, the project had supported approximately close to 250 readings in 110 theaters in 32 countries and 22 languages.
Within hours of Russia invading Ukraine on 24 February 2022, theatres who had hosted readings of “Insulted. Belarus” began asking what they could do to support Ukraine. Thus, the Worldwide Ukrainian Play Reading Project took off virtually overnight. Over the first 13 months of the war, over 360 theaters in 30 countries have mounted readings and held fundraising
events for artists, theaters and other Ukrainians in need.