The Power of Story – Gitana Production’s “A New World”
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: The stories of refugee women who came to the U.S. to escape war and disasters overseas are told in a play by Gitana Productions. In a genre known as “verbatim theatre” playwright Patton Chiles gathered the stories of refugee women from Bosnia, the Republic of Congo and Afghanistan and crafted an original play. The powerful material brings alive the personal stories of what brings women and children asylum seekers to the U.S. and shows their determination to succeed and contribute to American society. Gitana Productions performs “A New World” free of charge to audiences.

Type of Video: Story*
Unique Video ID: DTheatre-225**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the video as part of an arts integration/cross curricular unit/activity where students use scene writing to share what they’ve learned about a topic. View the video to see how this production company took an historic topic and created a play from it.


*Story videos employ a narrative form to highlight a topic, location, or practitioner in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.