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Sunday, March 17, 2019

MIRACLE IN RWANDA Written by Leslie Lewis and Edward Vilga Directed by George Drance; Off-Broadway engagement April 4 – April 21

MIRACLE IN RWANDA – a play by Leslie Lewis and Edward Vilga about one young woman’s remarkable survival during the Rwandan genocide 25 years ago – will be presented in NYC following an acclaimed world tour, with previews beginning April 4 prior to an official opening April 9 at the Lion Theatre on Theater Row (410 W. 42 St.) in Manhattan.  

This Off-Broadway multi-character solo show stars Rwandan actress Malaika Uwamahoro, and is directed by George Drance.   MIRACLE IN RWANDA is based on the true story of New York Times best selling author of Left to Tell, Immaculée Ilibagiza.  

MIRACLE IN RWANDA depicts an uplifting message of forgiveness and compassion, chronicling the dramatic events of Rwandan genocide survivor Ilibagiza. The story is one of personal empowerment, of overcoming all obstacles through the power of faith, and ultimately finding peace of mind amidst unbelievable hardship. Often called “our generation’s Anne Frank”—yet one who thankfully survived — the true miracle of Immaculée’s story is her ability to forgive.

This engagement of MIRACLE IN RWANDA coincides with the 25th Anniversary of the end of the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi people, when they were slaughtered by the Hutu government in power – and by their own neighbors -- during the Rwandan Civil War in 1994. 

MIRACLE IN RWANDA will perform Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7 pm; Fridays at 8 pm; Saturdays at 2 and 8 pm; and Sundays at 3 pm.

MIRACLE IN RWANDA tickets at Theatre Row are available now. Tickets range in price from $39 to $90 and can be purchased by calling the Telecharge phone number at 212-239-6200 or online at  

Please also check out Theatre Row’s website, and the MIRACLE IN RWANDA website for additional information,

Design credits for MIRACLE IN RWANDA include: Schele Williams (Set Design), Donna Lea Ford (Costume Design), Erich Keil and Gina Costagliola (Lighting Design), and Taiwo Heard (Sound Design). 

MIRACLE IN RWANDA is produced by Broadview Phoenix, Magis Theatre Company and Acuity Productions.  

MALAIKA UWAMAHORO is a Rwandan actress, poet and activist.  She is a graduate of Fordham University in NYC, with a BA in Theatre Studies. US Theatre includes: Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature Theatre), Measure Back (Dixon Place), Bishop (Fordham/Primary Stages), and Africa’s Hope (USC Bovard Theatre, CA). International theatre: Les Os que Craquent (Theatre de Poche, Belgium).  Film: Notre Dames Du Nil (Dir. Atiq Rahimi), Loveless Generation (Dir. Thomas Petkovski), Un Plain Parfait (Dir. Pascal Chaumeil), Shake Hands with the Devil (Dir. Roger Spottiswoode). 

GEORGE DRANCE has performed and directed in over twenty-five countries on five continents. He is Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Magis Theatre Company, praised by the NY Times for its skill and daring (Great DivorceShakuntalaOccupy Olympus*markCalderon’s Two Dreams) Theatre: Metropolitan Opera, Public Theatre/NYSF, ImprovBoston, ART, and La MaMa ETC - touring Europe and Asia with "Fragments of a Greek Trilogy" (Andrei Serban/ Elizabeth Swados.) and as a close collaborator with Ellen Stewart. He is an Artist-in Residence at Fordham Lincoln Center, and has held several prestigious fellowships at universities nationwide.

LESLIE LEWIS is an actress, writer and producer best known for creating Miracle in Rwanda, which she has performed on five continents to over 15,000 theatergoers. She’s the author of four books, numerous articles and was nominated for an Audelco and a Jessie award for acting.  She produced the feature films With Child and Dead Broke and has several other creative projects in the works, including a musical version of Dangerous Liaisons set during the Harlem Renaissance. She graduated from Harvard and UCLA’s School of Theater Film and Television, and is a member of Actors’ Equity, The Actors Center and the Magis Theatre Company.

EDWARD VILGA has had seven books published and has written and directed two feature films including Dead Broke(Warner Brothers DVD; Paul Sorvino, John Glover, Jill Hennessy, and Justin Theroux).  His novel "Downward Dog" -- the adventures of a bad boy yoga instructor -- was published in paperback in June 2014 by Diversion Books. Prior to co-creating Miracle in Rwanda with Leslie Lewis, Vilga produced the Obie-winning "My Left Breast" by Susan Miller. He is a Yale graduate.

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