Two events this week will spotlight the war in Iraq.
Members of more than 10 groups have joined forces to host a statewide rally for peace, Hoosiers for Peace Rally, on Monument Circle March 18 at 1 p.m. It will mark the third year of war in Iraq, along with other national and international events. The theme is “Honor the Dead, Heal the Wounded, End the War.” The event will feature a theatrical performance written by local playwright Pat McGeever, musicians promoting peace through song and distinguished speakers former congressman Andy Jacobs Jr., author and attorney Sheila Suess Kennedy, writer and columnist Pamela Taylor and Green Party candidate Bill Stant, among several others. Plus, there will be performances of poetry and Dances for Universal Peace. For more information: 317-202-9302, www.hoosiersforpeace.org.
March 20, the Phoenix Theatre will hold a staged reading of What I Heard About Iraq (A Cry for 5 Voices), adapted for the stage by Simon Levy, from the article, “What I Heard About Iraq” by Eliot Weinberger. The event will be one of more than 30 worldwide readings being held on the same day, one day after the third anniversary of the War in Iraq. The anti-war play uses quotations from politicians, military leaders, U.S. soldiers and Iraqi citizens to explore the unfolding human story behind the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Five actors portray dozens of characters. The reading is at 7 p.m. A freewill offering of $10 will be collected to benefit the National New Play Network. For more info, call the Phoenix, 749 N. Park Ave., 317-635-2381, www.phoenixtheatre.org.