Noor Theatre to Hold New Event "Queer Stories from New York, Beirut, Berlin, and Beyond" at The Lark!
On April 19th, Noor Theatre will present an evening of storytelling, hosted at The Lark, bringing together three queer writers from the Middle East—Amahl Khouri, Dima Matta, and Abdullah AlKafri—with several members of NYC’s LGBTQ+ community. Inspired by both Dima Matta’s Beirut initiative Cliffhangers and Drae Campbell’s storytelling project TELL, this FREE event will feature truth-telling by: Abdullah AlKafri, Jess Barbagallo, Mariam Bazeed, Drae Campbell, Ryan Haddad, Amahl Khouri, Donja R. Love, Dima Matta, Pooya Mohseni, and others.
The storytelling event will also be preceded by Arab Voices: Three New Plays in Translation at the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute on April 17 and 18, a series curated by Catherine Coray (Program Director of The Middle East/United States Playwright Exchange at The Lark). The first evening will feature, in intimate storytelling mode, two Arab playwrights, Dima Matta and Amahl Khouri, each giving readings of solo plays that explore gender identity and their experiences as LGBTQ women living in Europe and the Middle East. The second night will feature a reading of Damascus/Aleppo by Abdullah AlKafri (translated by Dima Matta), which tells the story of Ayman, a Syrian therapist. Suspecting that his son is gay, Ayman has turned him out of the house. In trying to learn where his son has gone, he finds that not only his frame of mind, but his marriage and his work are deeply affected by his actions, and his life is forever changed. Performances on both nights will be followed by conversations with the artists.
Arab Voices: Three New Plays in Translation will take place Wednesday and Thursday, April 17-18 at 6:00pm, at the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute, located at 19 Washington Square North.
Queer Stories from New York, Beirut, Berlin, and Beyond will take place Friday, April 19 at 7:30pm, at The Lark, located at 311 West 43rd Street, 5th Floor.
For more information on both events, please visit NoorTheatre.org.