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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Celebrate World Refugee Day with theater piece based on real-life stories

World Refugee Day, which is celebrated Wednesday, is an international day of awareness, designated by the United Nations, to honor refugees, persecuted people from around the world.

This year, the centerpiece of Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Service's celebration will be "Stories of a New America," an original work of theater created and performed by Collective Consciousness Theatre with refugees resettling in New Haven, based on real-life resettlement experiences of refugees who came from Iraq, Afghanistan, the Congo, Chad, and other countries and now live in Greater New Haven.

Read a New Haven Register story about "Stories of a New America" here.

In addition to the premier performance of "Stories," World Refugee Day offers African drumming and dance, live music, visual art and photography and an incredible spread of international food.

The event is presented with generous support from Programs in International Educational Resources of the MacMillan Center at Yale University.

Performances will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., with performances of "Stories" at 6 and 8 p.m., at Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven. Suggested donation is $20.Visit www.irisct.org or www.socialchangetheatre.or­g for more information.

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