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Six Syrian actors battled a fraught U.S. visa process to tread the boards in New York this week, seeking to impress upon American theatergoers the human cost of a war raging halfway round the world.The four-night production brings six actors as well as additional Syrian crew members to New York. Ultimately, only one technical member of the group was denied a U.S. visa.Director Omar Abusaada, who lives in Damascus and visited the United States in 2010, called it "the most-hard process for a visa, ever".If he worries that U.S. audiences have a distorted impression of Syria, twisted by a media too focused on President Bashar Assad and Daesh (ISIS), he worries even more that Syrians at home are losing hope that art can make a difference.
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