After months of the theater world not knowing when we can get back to performing, I was so excited to get together (virtually) with some Target Margin artists to start devising work based around touch and this new strange isolated world we are in. Through some informal rehearsals we began developing some material, and they will continue developing through September for some intimate performances in October. The showing will be a part of a series of free, socially distanced performances reflecting on loss and celebrating wonder that take place in various locations in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. More info can be found here!
I’ve been working in theatre in New York for about 7 years and am very lucky to have found such a wonderful community here, but it often has felt like a struggle. I have been, and still am, racked by self-doubt, especially when it comes to achieving certain markers of “success.” So often I’m left thinking, what have I done wrong? One of those markers has been gaining membership to Actors' Equity Association, the theatre union. I have found it incredibly hard to find the opportunities in New York that would put me on the path to membership, as so many qualifying theaters are out of the city, or programs that give you qualifying weeks are often unpaid or in a lot of cases require you to pay in order to be a part of them.
After working on so many wonderful projects, my journey towards union membership really only started last year when I worked at TheatreSquared in Fayetteville, Arkansas and was able to start accumulating EMC points. In the fall of 2019 I began working with Target Margin Theater and after a number of workshops was able to join them on a union contract and fast track my way into the union.
Anyway, all of this is to say that it’s hard, but I’m grateful for all of the work I’ve done thus far, non-union and union, that has gotten me to this point. Although this card doesn’t actually change a whole lot, and I probably joined at the worst time since there is no work, I’m excited to take this next step in my career.
I'm super grateful to return to some normalcy during the pandemic by performing with Writopia Lab for my 5th year. This year, in lieu of live performances, Writopia is producing 40 radio plays. I will be performing in three of the shows. Check out all of the plays by going here or listening on Apple Podcasts.
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.