Dogs of Rwanda – Working Group Theatre In the Raw from Working Group on Vimeo.

1994. At 16 years of age David found himself in Uganda as a church missionary. When he follows the girl of his dreams into the woods to help a Rwandan boy they’ve stumbled upon he enters a world from which he will never fully be able to escape. On the 20th anniversary of the genocide he witnessed firsthand a book David wrote regarding his experiences that Spring arrives with a note from the Rwandan boy he once tried to save. “You didn’t tell them everything,” it says. “You didn’t tell them everything.” A dinner party story for the ages.

The Model:

“Accessibility is not simply making our venues approachable. It is also making our art approachable.”

A performance built for living rooms, lobbies, parks, backyards, theaters and more- DOGS OF RWANDA- springs from a want to bring world class art directly to people. Influenced by the stories of the Federal Theatre Project, I set out to create a stripped down performance that could expose non theater going audiences to the work in their living rooms. My political and social activism was inspired around dinner tables with my uncles and relatives, it was conversations in pathways with close friends- it was always heightened by the intimacy and immediacy of the conversation.


The Artist:

Sean Christopher Lewis is the Artistic Director of Working Group Theatre the recent winner of the 2013 Rick Graf Award from the Human Rights Commission. His previous monologues and plays have won the Kennedy Center’s Rosa Parks Award, the National New Play Network Smith Prize, the NEA Voices in Community Award, the Barrymore Award, the Central Ohio Critic Circle Award and more. His plays have been performed at major theaters, colleges, prisons, detention centers and living rooms in the United States, Canada, East Africa and Europe.

He can be heard as a contributor to NPR’S This American Life and his work has appeared in the NY Times, Huffington Post and numerous literary journals.


Oct-Nov 2016
16th Street Theatre
Chicago, IL

March 2015
University of Northern Iowa Genocide Center
Cedar Falls, IA

Feb 2015
Redfern Performing Arts Center
Keene, NH

Jan 2015
Englert Theatre
Iowa City, IA

Feb 2014
Horizon Theatre
National New Play Network
Atlanta, GA

1/18-1/25 2014
Legion Arts
National Performance Network
Cedar Rapids, IA

10/6-10/15 2014
Columbus, OH

Ojai Playwrights Festival
Ojai, CA

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