Children of War


About the Production

Children of War is an original interview-based theatre work based on the first hand experiences of a diverse group of young people who have experienced war, civil turmoil, and/or domestic trauma. The participants ranged in age from 14-19 and in origin from El Salvador, Somalia, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, and Kurdistan. Joining them on stage is a child-trauma therapist, who herself experienced war and trauma in Iran. This theatrical exploration presents these courageous young people sharing their experiences of war through their own eyes, voices and memories.

Production Team And Cast

Directed by

Ping Chong

Written by

Ping Chong, in collaboration with the cast

Assistant Director

Ethan Osborne

Stage Manager

Courtney Golden, Vivian Woodland

Project Manager

Sara Zatz

Production Manager

John Frautschy


Farinaz, Yarvin, Awa, Abdul, Dereen, Fatu

Performance History


George Mason University TheatreSpace, Fairfax, Virginia (December 2002)


Grantmakers in Health Conference (LA, 2003)

National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington DC (2003)

Nathan Cummings Foundation, NY (2003)

Ford Foundation, NY (2003),

World Bank, Washington DC (2003)

UNHCR’s World Refugee Day, Washington DC (2003)

Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH (2004)


Center for Multicultural Human Services in association with Theatre of the First Amendment

Related Media

Children of War - NOW with Bill Moyers