Chicago Shakespeare Theater Presents "Us/Them,” Commemorating Beslan, Russia School Massacre

Gytha Parmentier and Roman Van Houtven star in Chicago Shakespeare Theater's "Us/Them."
Gytha Parmentier and Roman Van Houtven star in Chicago Shakespeare Theater's "Us/Them." Chicago Shakespeare Theater / Courtesy
Gytha Parmentier and Roman Van Houtven star in Chicago Shakespeare Theater's "Us/Them."
Gytha Parmentier and Roman Van Houtven star in Chicago Shakespeare Theater's "Us/Them." Chicago Shakespeare Theater / Courtesy

Chicago Shakespeare Theater Presents "Us/Them,” Commemorating Beslan, Russia School Massacre

On September 1, 2004, armed Islamic militants stormed a school in Beslan, North Ossetia, an autonomous republic in Russia. The terrorists took hostage of over 1,100 people, including 777 children. After a three-day standoff, Russian security forces launched a rescue operation. When the dust settled, 334 people were dead, including 186 children. To commemorate, Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) in collaboration with BRONKS, a Brussels-based theater group, presents “Us/Them.” The producers describe the performance as “not a recounting of the tragedy, but rather a stunning, intricately choreographed exploration of … [how] young people cope with extreme situations … [as] told through the eyes of a young girl and boy.” We’ll talk about this artistic expression of the Beslan School tragedy with performers Gytha Parmentier and Roman Van Houtven. Joining them is Doreen Sayegh, manager of International & Special Projects at CST.