Sponsored by: American Express

Venue: Woolfe Street Playhouse

Duration: Approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes



9/11, Bono, and Bin Laden: the 21st century in an hour

“A profound reminder of the power of art and culture” – The Times

The Mediterranean, 2017, rough seas: an aging fishing boat is sinking fast under the weight of refugees. As it dips lower in the water, one young Syrian is panicking. She can’t swim, and she’s six months pregnant. Actor Avital Lvova returns to Spoleto Festival USA after her riveting performances in 2017’s one-woman monologue Angel—also created by visionary playwright Henry Naylor. In Borders, a refugee’s experiences are contrasted with those of a celebrated war photographer, whose audience with Osama bin Laden prior to September 11, 2001, shaped his career. Winner of the Best of Edinburgh in 2017, Naylor’s pithy, engrossing work brings these characters toward each other, “leading to a result which is pure and captivating” (Independent).

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