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*Sunflower Image courtesy of Vladimir Zimakov,  a Boston-based book artist, designer and illustrator


A collaborative effort by the local theater community and other charitable organizations, as well as a host of local volunteers , A Night Out for Ukraine celebrated Ukrainian culture and provided our local community an opportunity to express our solidarity and support of the Ukrainian people. This fundraising event featured a roundtable discussion by local experts on the situation on the ground in Ukraine, more than one year after the Russian invasion. The evening also featured readings of four short plays by Ukrainian playwrights. In between, we joined together for a community meal of Ukrainian food provided by Crepes Tea House and music from the region provided by Burikes.

The event was part of the Ukrainian Hope Initiative, a global project of play readings that have taken place around the United States and the world, sponsored by the Center for International Theatre Development in Baltimore.


As we gathered together for this evening of education, entertainment, and insightful conversation, our main purpose was to raise money to help Ukraine and Ukrainians. Beneficiaries of all funds raised included Ukraine TrustChain, Jewish Family Service of Western Mass Refugee Resettlement Program, and the Ukrainian Performing Arts Fund. The entirety of each attendees' $5 ticket went toward these fundraising efforts. With their help, we successfully raised $4644.27! 

The evening was LiveStreamed to Youtube and is still available to watch. We will continue to collect donations for the next few weeks, so please continue to give if you feel so moved. See the LiveStream below@

  • 3:30-4:00: Doors open. Welcome music by Burikes

  • 4:00-5:15: UMass Russian, Eurasian, and Polish Studies and Public Policy Programs Roundtable on the Russia's War in Ukraine. Led by Regine Spector, Alina Parker, and Nara Narimanova

  • 7:00-8:30: Four play readings by Ukrainian Playwrights

  • 8:40-9:30 Talkback and community dialogue facilitated by the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding

*While we encourage everyone to participate for the entirety of the evening, it is not required in order to attend. The registration form provides an opportunity to share which elements you plan to attend.


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