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Middle East/ United States Playwright Exchange 2018

Middle East/ United States Playwright Exchange 2018

With plays by Raeda Taha and Wael Qadour

Program Director: Catherine Coray

The Middle East/United States Playwright Exchange is an ongoing reciprocal opportunity for playwrights from the Middle East-North Africa-Gulf region to interface with US playwrights—particularly those of Middle Eastern origin. The aim of the program is to introduce their work to the larger Lark community, our theatrical partners, and New York audiences, through public staged readings.

Friday, June 8, 2018 at 7:00pm

​36 ABBAS STREET, HAIFA by Raeda Taha

translated by Eyas Younis
​directed by Philip Himberg

36 Abbas Street, Haifa is the story of the Rafa family, Palestinians who stayed in Palestine and became hostages to fate, becoming citizens of the Jewish state of Israel. It is also the story of the Abu Ghaida family, Palestinians who were forced to leave and left to wander all corners of the world in search of a country they could call their own. But for both families, 36 Abbas Street is home.

Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 7:00pm


translated by Hassan Abdulrazzak
​directed by Tea Alagić

After Jalal’s services as an officer are abandoned by the regime during years of stable government control in Syria, he takes to spending his time with his nephew, a promising theater director named Omar. Omar is preparing a new play based on Death and the Maiden by Chilean-Argentine playwright Ariel Dorfman, when Jalal is asked to return to service after an uprising in the country. The offer awakens in Jalal an old desire for power, a feeling he’s tried long to forget.