Winter Miller and Nick Kristof in N'Djamena, Chad         Photo Naka Nathaniel

Winter Miller and Nick Kristof in N'Djamena, Chad         Photo Naka Nathaniel

“Winter's play is an urgent and passionate response to a crisis unfolding at this moment.”

—Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of the Public Theater

“It’s an excellent poignant play.”  —Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times Opinions Columnist

“A riveting and haunting play.”    —Samantha Power, Pulitzer winning author, A Problem From Hell

Mia Farrow, Samantha Power and Winter Miller                            In Darfur at The Delacorte Theatre, Central Park 

Mia Farrow, Samantha Power and Winter Miller                            In Darfur at The Delacorte Theatre, Central Park 

“A play that forces us to question our moral responsibility to the victims of human rights abuse.”

—Lynn Nottage, Pulitzer winning playwright, Ruined

Illustration David Polonsky

Illustration David Polonsky

Mia Farrow, Michael Cerveris

Mia Farrow, Michael Cerveris

Samantha Power, Winter Miller

Samantha Power, Winter Miller

utina Wesley and Heather Raffo            Photo Joy Jacob

utina Wesley and Heather Raffo            Photo Joy Jacob

Rutina Wesley, Maduka Steady, Zainab Jah,     Delacorte

Rutina Wesley, Maduka Steady, Zainab Jah,     Delacorte

“Urgent and fierce. Timely and Timeless. Truly a heroic act of playwriting." —Ari Roth, Artistic Director, Theater J

In Darfur inaugurated the Public’s Lab series in April 2007 for a sold out three week run, and filled to capacity a staged reading at the 1800-seat Delacorte Theater on July 9th, 2007, the first event of its kindfor a play by a woman.

In Darfur was directed for the Public Theatre by Joanna Settle

Dramaturgy by Polly Carl and Mandy Hackett

With

Rutina Wesley, Heather Raffo, Aaron Lohr, Sharon Washington, Zainab Jah, Maduka Steady, Ron Brice

Productions / Awards

In Darfur is the recipient of The Guthrie Theater and Playwrights’ Center’s Two-Headed Challenge 2006 commission under the mentorship of New York Times journalist and Pulitzer winner Nicholas Kristof. The play was developed at the Guthrie Theater, the Playwrights Center Playlabs, Geva Theater’s Hibernatus Interruptus and The Public Theatre’s New Works Now. In Darfur inaugurated the Public’s Lab series in April 2007 for a sold out three week run, and filled to capacity a staged reading at the 1800-seat Delacorte Theater on July 9th, 2007, the first event of its kind for a play by a woman. Simultaneously, on July 9th, London's Donmar Warehouse held a reading. The play has been produced by Chicago's TimeLine Theatre, Washington DC’s Theater J, Atlanta’s Horizon, Florida’s Mosaic, Canada’s Theater Awakening, and multiple benefit readings nationwide.

Notes From the Field

In 2006, when I wrote In Darfur, I was working as columnist Nicholas Kristof’s researcher at The New York Times. On one of his trips to the Chad/Sudan border, Nick let me accompany him.

We slept in aid compounds and underneath the stars of a stunning night sky. We met young children with bandaged bullet wounds and girls who had been raped not 48 hours earlier but told their story because they thought we could help the people of Darfur. We walked through burned and bombed villages, now ghost towns. We were offered tea and food by those who had little of either. We saw overcrowded refugee camps and lines of survivors waiting to enter.

I saw my first human dying, a man—not even twenty—shot down because he was a mercenary Janjaweed, like many. His life came down to two hundred dollars; that’s what he’d been offered to kill the leader of his same tribe in a neighboring village.

Tribal divisions, colonization and corruption are complicated to unravel, but halting a genocide is simple. It takes international leadership and a few decisive bold pen strokes. Included in this book are resources for those who are inclined not to remain bystanders while tens of thousands suffer needlessly.

‘Darfur’ shocks as tale of inhumanity, survival

By Hedy Weiss Theater Critic, Jan 26, 2011

It begins with one of those harrowing car rides through a war zone — the kind where sniper fire can come from any angle, a land mine might be set off at any point, and for varying reasons, each occupant of the vehicle might be prime prey for “the rebels,” or “government forces,” or whoever is carrying an automatic weapon.

[A] fiercely vivid, ingeniously crafted multimedia production by TimeLine Theatre.

But the play, whose author was a research assistant for New York Times correspondent Nicholas Kristof and accompanied him on one of his many trips to Darfur, goes beyond docudrama to deal with many more wide-ranging issues. It asks: How is news about Africa dealt with by the media, whether the New York Times or Al Jazeera? What do journalistic ethics really mean these days? Are do-good aide workers useless in calamitous wartime situations? And how do the victims of war, particularly women, manage to carry on in life?

Miller’s play covers a lot of ground, and like a good working journalist, she knows what she must do to make her story accessible. The subtly angry-sexy scenes between Carlos and Maryka are perfection. You will not walk away indifferent.

IMMEDIATE ACTIONS AND RESOURCES:

BOOKS:

  • Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide In Darfur and Beyond by Don Cheadle and John Prendergast
  • Darfur/Darfur: Life/War edited by Leslie Thomas
  • Darfur: a New History of a Long War by Julie Flint and Alex de Waal
  • A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power
  • Fighting for Darfur by Rebecca Hamilton
  • The Translator: A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur by Daoud Hari
  • Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival by Jen Marlowe, Aisha Bain and Adam Shapiro
  • Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival In Darfur by Halima Bashir and Damien Lewis

DOCUMENTARIES:

  • "The Devil Came on Horseback" directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, featuring Brian Steidle
  • "Sand and Sorrow" directed by Paul Freedman
  • "Darfur Now" directed by Ted Braun
Kristof and baby, IDP Camp, Chad Photo Winter Miller

Kristof and baby, IDP Camp, Chad

Photo Winter Miller

Boys in Gaga IDP Camp, Chad Photo Winter Miller

Boys in Gaga IDP Camp, Chad

Photo Winter Miller

Young Janjaweed, dying near his horse Photo Winter Miller

Young Janjaweed, dying near his horse

Photo Winter Miller

Nick Kristof trains for Ultimate Tourney Photo Winter Miller

Nick Kristof trains for Ultimate Tourney

Photo Winter Miller

Mother and Son, Farchana Camp, Chad Photo: Winter Miller

Mother and Son, Farchana Camp, Chad

Photo: Winter Miller