On April 17, in intimate storytelling mode, Arab playwrights Dima Matta and Amahl Khouri each give readings of solo work that describe their experiences as LGBTQ women living in Europe and the Middle East. The readings are followed by a conversation with the writers and their directors, Brooklyn-based object theater director Emily Mendelsohn and NYU Tisch Drama Chair Rubén Polendo. This conversation is moderated by NYU Tisch Associate Professor of Drama Robert Vorlicky.
The evening of April 18 features a reading of Damascus/Aleppo by playwright Abdullah AlKafri with distinguished NYC-based actors from the Arab-American community. This multi-character play tells the story of Ayman, a Syrian therapist, who suspects that his son is gay, and turns him out of the house. In trying to learn where his son has gone, he finds not only his frame of mind, but his marriage and his work deeply are affected by his actions, and his life is forever changed. The play’s new translation is by Dima Matta and the reading is directed by NYU Gallatin Associate Professor of Practice Kristin Horton. This presentation is followed by a conversation, moderated by Director of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program Philip Himberg, with the artists.
Catherine Coray, Associate Arts Professor, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU; Affiliated Faculty, NYUAD
NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
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