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Weekend Passport: International Voices Project 2017

The International Voices Project has brought contemporary plays from around the world to Chicago since 2010. 

The plays, translated for content and then read by local actors, reflect modern social and political issues that touch upon race, class, gender and migration.

This year, 10 countries are represented: Germany, India, Australia, Wales, Serbia, Romania, Finland, Ireland, Spain, and Sweden. Performances run through May 18 at the Instituto Cervantes Chicago in River North. Most tickets are free but require registration. 

In his play, titled [almost equal to], Swedish-Tunisian author Jonas Hassen Khemiri addresses economic and racial myths in modern Scandinavia, asking, “How are we — our words, our bodies — affected by the economic system that surrounds us?” You can catch Khemiri’s play Thursday, May 18, at 7 P.M.

Khemiri and festival director Patrizia Lombardi Acerra joined Worldview’s Jerome McDonnell and global citizen Nari Safavi. They discussed Khemiri’s work and what it takes to bring together the many languages and cultures that make up the festival. 

Safavi also recommended another event this weekend: A Rumi Spice Shark Tank viewing party. 

Rumi Spice is a company on a mission to sustainably source saffron in Afghanistan. The company’s co-founders presented their business on the show Shark Tank in an episode airing at 8 P.M. Friday on ABC. Rumi Spice is holding a viewing party at Forbidden Root on Friday at 6 P.M. 

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