I'm thrilled to be performing in my first Target Margin Theater production. Target Margin has been exploring tales from the One Thousand and One Nights for a number of years now, and I have been working with them since September of 2019 to help dissect these stories and develop work based on them. In January we started developing material based on "The Story of the Porter and the Three Sisters" and I'm excited to bring this work to the stage in our workshop production of P*ssyc*ck Know Nothing. The story explores power, sex and class, centered around three mysterious women and the events that take place one fateful evening at their home in Baghdad. This work, along with the other work TMT has developed over the past few years, will culminate in a massive retelling of the One Thousand and One Nights in early 2021. Tickets and more info can be found here!
I'm excited to be working with Noor Theatre again on their works-in-progress presentations of their newest commissions. I will be performing in two of the pieces: a new piece by Arian Moayed and a new musical by Mike Mosallam, Avi Amon, and Danny Bryck. The readings will take place at The Lark on Friday January 17th at 7pm. Learn more about Noor Theatre's work here!
I'm excited to jump back into work with Target Margin Theater in their exploration of tales from the One Thousand and One Nights. In October we had the chance to develop work based on the story of "Julnar of the Sea." Next we will be tackling "The Story of the Porter and the Three Sisters." All of this work is a continuation of TMT's seasons long exploration of The Nights and will culminate in 2021 in a massive retelling event. Stay tuned!
I'm excited to be working with fellow Arab-American artist Chloé Hayat on a reading of her play His Majesty, Herself. The play is about the rise of the female Pharaoh Hatshepsut and her years in power. More info on the reading can be found here.
I'm thrilled to be working with Target Margin Theatre this fall, as they continue their exploration of The One Thousand and One Nights. The past few seasons, they have explored various stories within The Nights and presented new work inspired from these stories, as they put it, "exploring justice, gender, and orientalism, all through the powerful lens of storytelling." I jumped into a workshop in September exploring one of the tales and will be continuing on more work throughout October.
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 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 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