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Intractable Woman is the story of Anna Politkovskaya,
the only Russian journalist to cover the war in Chechnya,
a woman the State dubbed “not able to re-educate,”
a person with courage in the marrow of her bones,
and the faithful voice of those who lived through such a senseless and bloody conflict.

Intractable Woman is a play about a journalists’s fight for freedom from censorship and freedom of the press. 
Stitching together fragments of Politkovskaya’s writing and her experiences, Intractable Woman playwright Stefano Massini offers poetic insight into the psychology and complexity of war and the dire consequences of propaganda and media censorship.This political exploration of the effects of media censorship on safety and democracy bears frighteningly relevant parallels to present-day society.

Intractable Woman will feature an all-female cast of award-winning actors: Deena Aziz, Laura Condlln and Warona Setshwaelo, who will collaborate under the direction of  Micheline Chevrier to bring Massini’s script to life on stage. Intractable Woman, a Canadian premiere translated by Paula Wing, is designed by a dynamic creative team including Peter Cerone (Sound Design), Eo Sharp (Set and Costume Design) and Rob Thomson (Lighting Design) with Movement by Leslie Baker.

Aligned with Imago Theatre’s values to break down barriers of access to theatre and to act as a catalyst for conversation, every performance of Intractable Woman will offer the option of Pay-What-You-Decide and will feature a moderated talk-back between the cast,the audience and a guest speaker who has been chosen to offer their unique personal and professional lens on the themes in the play.

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Be Intractable in your defence of a world that fights for freedom from censorship; a world that embraces a plurality of perspectives.