During the 1994 Tutsi Genocide, a Rwandan nun named Maria Kizito aided in the massacre of 7,000 refugees at her convent in Sovu.  She was subsequently tried in Belgium for crimes against humanity and sentenced to seven years.  In attendance at her trial was American playwright Erik Ehn, who would be inspired to create a 17-play cycle about genocide, and about America's involvement in so many of the 20th century's atrocities, called Soulographie.

In November 2014, under the direction of Emily Mendelsohn, the ArtSpot ensemble joined several Ugandan and American actors in a full production of Ehn's play Maria Kizito.

Performed by Loren Fenton, Monica Harris, Allen Kagusuru, Sherri Marina, Tonny Muwangala, Kathy Randels, and Esther Tebandeke.

Directed by Emily Mendelsohn, with scenic design by Jeff Becker, music by Sean LaRocca, costumes by Cybele Moon, masks by Bear Hebert, animation and light puppets by Danielle Ash, and lighting design by Dan Zimmer.  Additional scenic artwork by Melisa Cardona and Alexandria Bozeman.  Stage Managed by Chen Gu.

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Emily Mendelsohn was a participant in the Global Connections—IN the LAB program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the professional not-for-profit American theatre.  Additional support for this production of Maria Kizito was provided by Alternate ROOTS, and by the Puffin Foundation.