I'm thrilled to be working on 10,000 Balconies, my second ever regional show at TheatreSquared in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I had the pleasure of taking part in one of the original workshops back in 2017 and am joining them again for this workshop production. The show is loosely inspired by Romeo & Juliet and follows the love story of two young Syrians as the war in Syria begins and what happens to them and other residents of Damascus. We will be performing August 30th – September 1st. More information on the show and on TheatreSquared can be found here.
I'm happy to be working with Simon and Schuster publishing once again on a new audiobook called Making a Play by Abbi Glines. The book follows two high school students who must overcome their perceptions of each other and the prejudices others in their town have as they fall in love during their senior year of high school. More on the book and an audio sample can be found here!
I'm super excited to be joining playwright Leila Buck and director Tamilla Woodard once more for a performance of a Mix and Match, a new immersive play that is being developed with En Garde Arts. The play looks at two families, one from a Lebanese background and one from an Irish-American background coming together through marriage, and how each side navigates the differences in culture and religion. The workshop performance will be presented on May 10th at The Gathering, a culmination of the CrossCurrents Festival put on by The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University. More information on the festival and The Gathering can be found at www.crosscurrentsfestival.org.
On April 18th, I will be performing in a reading of Damascus/Aleppo by Abdullah AlKafri, a Syrian playwright based in Lebanon. The play follows a Syrian therapist who suspects his son is gay and subsequently turns him out of the house. The event is part of the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute's event Arab Voices which will feature two other works by Arab playwrights. More info and a free reservation can be made here: https://nyuad.nyu.edu/en/events/2019/april/arab-voices.html
I'm super excited to be working with Simon and Schuster Publishing on my first audiobook. The book Batting Order tells the story of young Matt Baker and his experience on and off the baseball field as he struggles with his stutter and building new friendships while learning that everyone has their own hardships to deal with, no matter how well they seem on the outside. More info on the book and an audio sample can be found here!
On March 16th, fajjr+ali will be teaming up with Poetic Theater Productions once again to perform at their Poetic Lyricism event. The event is a collaboration with Music Theatre Factor and will feauture original work created during the Songsmith Lab, a collaboration between Poetic Theater and MTF, alongside a number of featured performers. We are excited to be sharing a new original song Behabek. More information can be found here.
fajjr+ali is very excited to be performing at the next Mipsterz event Colonized Dreams on March 9th at The Knockdown Center in Queens. The event is billed as house-party meets TED-talk, celebrating the diversity of the Muslim diaspora and speaking to the challenges of pursuing a creative path. Come ready to listen, eat, dance, and learn a thing or two. There will be live music, poetry, DJ sets, a book reading and visual art. Come check us out alongside some other great artists! More info here: https://www.mipsterz.com/project-06
I'm very happy to announce that I'll be joining the cast of Eh Dah? Questions for my Father which will be going up as part of the Next Door @ NYTW series in March and April. This musical follows the stories of an Egyptian and Egyptian-American family across three generations and explores the themes of identity and belonging. The music is beautiful and the stories of trying to find your place in the world and in your family are universal. More info and tickets can be found at: https://www.nytw.org/show/eh-dah-questions-father/
I'm excited to be performing in Serials at The Flea once again for their 50th cycle! Each weekend 5 plays compete against each other in a late night competition. At the end of the weekend, the top 3 shows based on audience votes will get to write the next episode. I will be performing in the first weekend of shows. In addition, in order to celebrate the 50th cycle of Serials, there will be live music every night. The first night, February 28th, will feature live pre-show music by fajjr+ali! Check out more at www.theflea.org/serials
I'm excited to return to Allentown Art Museum for their Third Thursday series. Every third Thursday of the month, the museum opens its doors after hours for special programming and this month fajjr+ali will be a featured performer for the event. More information on the event and museum can be found here: https://www.allentownartmuseum.org/about-us/press-releases/events/live-music-by-fajjrali-on-third-thursday-february/