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Drama Queen of Darfur

Curry in a hurry.

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W inter Miller, 33, spent the past three and a half years as an assistant to Nicholas Kristof, the Times’ crusading columnist. Now she’s written a play, In Darfur, inspired by her harrowing travels to Sudan with her boss and NBC News’s Ann Curry. “We were in a village where all the surrounding villages had already been attacked. This place was clearly next,” Miller says. “The Chadian army and the healthiest villagers fled. There was nothing we could do. We left dozens of elderly people and children behind to die.” Miller’s drama, which has been lauded by activists and theater types alike, is being read on July 9 at the Delacorte Theater. But some of the trip’s more memorable moments didn’t make it into the script. “One night, the three of us were sleeping in a tiny hut, and Ann warned me that she might not look very pretty in the morning,” Miller recalls. “I said, ‘Really? I’m going to be wearing a prom dress and have my hair up in a French twist.’ ”

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