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
I'm thrilled to be teaming up with Leila Buck and Tamilla Woodard once again on a new immersive piece titled Engagement Party. This new piece is being produced by Anne Hamburger of En Garde Arts. We will be workshopping the show in January and then again in April and May with a performance at the Georgetown Lab for Performance and Politics' Crosscurrents Festival in Washington D.C. in May!
On January 4th, I'll be performing in a work in progress staged reading of Iphigenia Point Blank a new multi-disciplinary piece that examines the plight of refugees through the lens of Euripidies character Iphigenia. The production features original film and music alongside scripted material to tackle the paralells of refugees past and present. The play is written by Lisa Schlesinger, composed by Kinan Azmeh, directed by Marion Schoevaert with a film by Irinia Patkanian. The lead Iphigenia is played by Layale Chaker on the violin. More information can be found here.
December 13th – 15th I will be performing at The Flea in their late night show Serials. This late night play competition pits 5 plays against each other and lets the audience vote each night on their favorite plays. The top 3 at the end of the weekend gets to write the next episode for the following cycle. It's always a lot of fun to be a part of and to watch!
On November 26th, I will be in a reading of Across the Aisle by Alyssa Haddad. The reading will take place at Theater for the New City in the East Village as part of their New City, New Blood Reading Series. More info here!