In 2003, Pilgrim produced its first, modest, "international" festival - Crossing Borders, an intercultural engagement that brought challenging theatre work to Boston, linking artists from Massachusetts and abroad. Pilgrim has proposed to make the festival an annual or biennial event. Crossing Borders is conceived of as a festival of artistic exchange, often intercultural in nature. The company believes that this effort offers a unique opportunity to introduce Massachusetts audiences and artists to new forms of theatre, generate a more multi-cultural range of audiences, and offer area artists the chance to engage in ongoing artistic dialogue. Crossing Borders III: Voices, features: Struck Dumb By Jean-Claude van Itallie and Joseph Chaikin March 14-17 at 8:00pm March 17 & 18 at 2:00pm Jean-Claude van Itallie and Joe Chaikin's classic solo about a day in the life of a man with aphasia, a condition characterized by the loss of speech communication ability. A triumphant tour-de-force for the seventy-two year old actor Gene-Gabriel Moore, Artistic Director of Not Merely Players (Atlanta, GA), who himself became aphasic after suffering a stroke. Struck Dumb is a co-production of Not Merely Players, 7 Stages and Pilgrim Theatre. Post-Show Symposium: Sunday, March 18 With Gene-Gabrielle Moore, playwright Jean-Claude van Itallie, Jerome Kaplan and the Boston Aphasia Society, and Pilgrim Theatre. Approximate Running Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes Kafka's The Trial: "An Extraordinary Rendition" By Franz Kafka, adapted by Pilgrim Theatre March 21-24 at 8:00pm March 24 & 25 at 2:00pm Pilgrim Theatre's original theatrical invention based on Franz Kafka's The Trial is an "extraordinary rendition" of Kafka's tale of domestic surveillance and undisclosed charges in a solo performance by Kermit Dunkelberg, directed by Kim Mancuso, with echoes of Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, the Patriot Act and night flights. Theatre Art by Peter Shumann, Bread and Puppet Theatre. Approximate Running Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes Songs from the Brink: A Cabaret With Belle Linda Halpern (pianist, music director); Ron Roy; and Special Guest Jeffrey Korn March 28-31 at 8:00pm April 1 at 7:00pm March is Cabaret Month! To celebrate one of Boston's favorite music-theatre styles, legendary cabaret diva Belle Linda Halpern brings her fabulous voice to the Festival. Come on a journey through the songs of Tin Pan Alley, classic Cabaret, and Broadway. From the gritty Yiddish theatres of 2nd Avenue, the honky-tonks of Harlem and the smoky clubs of Paris, Songs from the Brink brings to life the voices that have tantalized and lured generation after generation across our borders. Benefit Performance: Friday, March 30 A special Benefit Performance for Pilgrim Theatre. Meet the Artists over a fabulous desert buffet after the show! Tickets: $30.00 - $100.00 Approximate Running Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes; including 1 intermission The Passion According to G.H. By Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector April 4-7 at 8:00pm April 7 at 2:00pm A fierce and extraordinary solo theatre event created by acclaimed Canadian actress Tannis Kowalchuk, from the text by Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, one of the most important Brazilian literary figures of the 20th century. From the North American Cultural Laboratory in New York. Luminous and physical, a privileged woman wrestles with the dark world of primal nature. Approximate Running Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes All shows are recommended for adult audiences.