A staged reading to honor International Women’s Month 

A reading about seven women activists by seven women playwrights to benefit Esperanza Shelter (Santa Fe).

WHEN: March 10-19, 2023 | Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.  

COST: $25, purchase tickets online or call (505) 424-1601 for reservations


"A rave about this staged reading - so powerful I am still stunned! Wonderful amazing strong brave women — I knew nothing about any of them - mind spinning. if you can go you will be -  well, changed."  – Deborah Casillas

"Sally and I were deeply moved by the stories told with such passion last night!  Thank you for all you did to support this amazing play and allow us to vicariously experience these courageous responses to abuse, oppression, adversity and voicelessness.  We left inspired and wondering what more we can do to heal our world." – S.K. Harburg


Seven women, seven stories, seven countries. Join us for a thought-provoking and emotional journey about human rights across the globe. SEVEN is based on interviews by seven award-winning playwrights with seven women activists from Guatemala, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Russia, Cambodia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, who have overcome impossible odds in their work for human rights. Their stories are told with humor, seriousness and passion, relating to the terrible and the great events in their lives. SEVEN is a documentary play of concern to all, and hopes to inspire a commitment to human rights issues.

The seven playwrights who worked with the seven activists are Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith, and Susan Yankowitz. The seven activists are Farida Azizi (Afghanistan), Mu Sochua (Cambodia), Anabella de Leon, (Guatemala), Hafsat Abiola, (Nigeria), Inez McCormack (Northern Ireland), Mukhtar Mai (Pakistan), and Marina Pisklakova-Parker (Russia).

Since the premier in 2008, the piece has been translated into 27 languages and performed in over 32 countries by over 500 persons, both men and women, including ministers, members of the European Parliament, NATO generals, artists, and the Academy award winning actress Meryl Streep, sharing these inspiring tales of bravery and perseverance.

SEVEN will be presented in Santa Fe by local and international actors. Proceeds from this production will benefit Esperanza Shelter in Santa Fe. 

The documentary play  was created with the support of the Vital Voices Global Partnership, the pre-eminent NGO that identifies, trains and empowers extraordinary women around the world.


“It is impossible not to be inspired by so many varying examples of courage.” The Washington Post

The project is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts (a division of Dept. of Culture), and the Santa Fe Community Foundation.