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March 18, 2011
  • Spotted at the Alex Theatre's "Beneath the Veil" are, from left, sisters-in-law Nadia Elshunnawy, Hanan Elshunnawy and Glendale resident Alis Khosrovian.
Spotted at the Alex Theatre's "Beneath the…

The one-night-only performance of “Beneath the Veil” at the Alex Theatre March 11 was a powerful tribute to the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. Several hundred theater-goers attended.

Mary Apick, the production’s producer, director and co-writer, was one of Iran’s most popular stars. She brings her considerable talents to the play, which presents vignettes of women who have suffered under Islamic culture in Iran.

“I carry the voices of all these women in my heart and soul, and I will never leave them behind, no matter where I live,” said Apick. After the Iranian revolution, Apick was forced to flee Iran “because of fundamental extremists” and settled in the United States.

“Beneath the Veil” was presented in association with the Armenian American Medical Society’s Ladies Auxiliary. Ramella Markarian was busy behind the scenes as president of the Auxiliary and chairwoman of the “Beneath the Veil” Organizing Committee. Other presenting organizations were Glendale Arts, YWCA of Glendale and the Glendale Commission on the Status of Women. Commission Chairwoman Paula Devine attended with husband Art Devine.

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The Honorary Chairwoman of the evening’s presentation was Rebecca Grossman. With her husband, Dr. Peter Grossman of the Grossman Burn Center, she founded The Grossman Burn Foundation. Addressing the audience before the play, Rebecca described “Project Faith,” also started by the Grossmans. The organization offers reconstructive surgery for burn victims from around the world, including many from the Middle East.

VIPs present included state Sen. Carol Liu. Liu also spoke briefly to the audience before the production.

“I join you tonight in discovering the powerful stories of girls and women who face oppression daily in the Middle East,” Liu said.

Glendale VIPs included Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian, councilmembers Frank Quintero, Dave Weaver, Laura Friedman and former mayor Larry Zarian. More VIPs were Dr. Boris Bagdasarian and Karine Bagdasarian, representing the Los Angeles Cancer Network; and Glendale Adventist Medical Center CEO/President Morre Dean and Katrina Dean. Glendale Adventist was also a sponsor of the event.

A portion of the proceeds from the performance will go to the Armenian American Medical Society’s Ladies Auxiliary and the YWCA of Glendale.

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