AUA Creative Writing Club Performs as ‘Writers on the Storm’
YEREVAN, Armenia – On December 12, 2014, the American University of Armenia (AUA) Creative Writing Club, together with the Drama Club, put on a performance for students, staff, faculty, and friends in Akian Gallery. The play, titled ‘Writers on the Storm’ was co-written by Creative Writing Club members Karotik Galstyan, Noemi Akopian, and Anahit Kasparian. Galstyan and Akopian also acted in the production, alongside students Vahagn Tumanyan, Artur Hakhverdyan, Elizabeth Keshishyan, Narek Babajanyan, Louise Kirakosyan, Loris Kroyan, and Anna Ter-Gabrielyan.
The play tells the story of a group of twenty-something year old writers, desperate to sell a piece of work in order to afford their rented space and receive some positive recognition. In their frustration, they fight, bicker, and throw humorous insults at each other. When it seems like they’re about to abandon their dreams, one of the writers discovers a young man, moments away from committing suicide, outside their studio.
The writers listen as the young man tells his story of living in debt, unable to afford to adopt a child, which his wife desperately wants to do. He drops a suicide letter on the floor, which one of the writers retrieves and reads to the audience. Hearing the letter instantly inspires the young writers, who seem to immediately change their pessimistic attitudes and begin working.
Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides a global education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.
The Creative Writing Club, together with the Drama Club, put on a performance for students, staff, faculty, and friends in Akian Gallery
One of the writers discovers a young man, moments away from committing suicide, outside their studio
Writers on the Storm
From left to right: Louise Kirakosyan, Anna Ter-Gabrielyan, Artur Hakhverdyan, Narek Babajanyan, Noemi Akopian, Loris Kroyan, Karotik Galstyan, Elizabeth Keshishyan