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NYU ARTS CENTER Arab Voices: Here/There/Then/Now


When / Saturday, November 26, 2016 -- 2pm Oh My Sweet Land | 7pm The Hour of Feeling Sunday, November 27, 2016 -- 7pm Foot Monday, November 28, 2016, 7pm - Food and Fadwa

Where / Black Box 

Ticket Information

Ticket reservations will become available at 3 pm on Wednesday, November 9.

A festival of staged readings featuring work by Arab and Arab-American playwrights

Arab Voices: here/there/then/now is a festival of staged readings featuring plays by Arab and Arab-American writers and their diverse stories of life in Syria, Palestine, Egypt, and Lebanon — as well as in their characters’ adopted countries—and illuminates lives behind the headlines with candor, generosity and humor.

THE HOUR OF FEELING Written and directed by Mona Mansour

It’s 1967 and the map of the Middle East is about to change drastically. Fueled by a love of English Romantic poetry, Adham journeys from Palestine to London with his new wife, Abir, to deliver a career-defining lecture. As the young couple’s marriage is tested, Adham struggles to reconcile his ambitions with the pull of family and home. But what if seizing the moment means letting go of everything he knows?

OH MY SWEET LAND Written and directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi

Written in response to a journey taken by Zuabi and Corinne Jaber to the Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, where they met people “in the harshest moments of their life, yet still they were generous, full of grace, hope and even humour…this piece is inspired by their stores, but more than anything it is inspired by their spirit—that elastic rubber-like ability man has to adapt and to weather the storm.”

FOOD AND FADWA Written by Lameece Issaq and Jacob KaderDirected by Shana Gold

Meet Fadwa Faranesh, an unmarried, 30-something Palestinian woman living in Bethlehem in the politically volatile West Bank. Known for her delectable cooking and deep-seated sense of duty to her family and aging father, our kitchen maven insists on continuing the preparations for the wedding of her younger sister, despite constraints of daily life under occupation. Politics blend with family tensions to create a sometimes humorous and sometimes heartbreaking meal. This new play melds the fight a Palestinian family wages to hold onto its traditional culture with its need to celebrate love, joy and hope.

Curated by Catherine Coray and co-produced by Gaar Adams and the NYU Abu Dhabi Theater Program