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Shifting Sands: New Plays by Betty Shamieh

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Date:
October 6, 2008
Cost:
Free
Venue:
Segal Theater

Palestinian-American playwright Betty Shamieh’s works explore fraught, modern-day issues, often through a historical lens. The series will include readings of Betty Shamieh’s history plays Kingmakers and Territories, a post play discussion, and panel with renowned theatremakers about the politics of mainstream success for political and experimental American artists.

3:00 p.m. Kingmakers with Kathleen Chalfant, directed by John Gould Rubin. Kingmakers is inspired by the life of Hatshepsut, a woman who ruled as a pharaoh in ancient Egypt. Full of intrigue, humor, and sexual politics, Kingmakersis a tragicomedy of epic proportions.

4:30 p.m. Post-play discussion with members of the cast moderated by Egyptian theatre artist, translator and Arab theatre scholar Dalia Basiouny.

6:30 p.m. Territories, directed by Lisa Peterson. Territoriesis a story about the unnamed woman whose kidnapping led to the final battle that sparked the beginning of the end of the Crusades.

8:00 p.m. Interpreting the Zeitgeist: A panel discussion with renowned artists exploring their own trajectories and experiences with making a mark in American and international theatre, and the dynamics involved in marketing the work of counterculture or minority artists within the current culturel cli mate. Moderated by Betty Shamieh.

Betty Shamieh’s plays include The Black Eyed (New York Theatre Workshop, Theatre Fournos of Athens), Chocolate in Heat (The Tank), Roar (The New Group), and Territories (The Magic Theatre). Territories will premiere at the European Union’s Capital of Culture Festival in 2009. A graduate of Harvard College and the Yale School of Drama, she is a Playwriting Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

Nibras, founded in June 2001, is an Arab-American theatrecollective built upon a shared passion and united by a common heritage. Our mission is to create a network for Arab-American theatreartists to share their talent, experience and passion by staging imaginative and articulate productions that increase the positive visibility and creative expression of Arabs and Arab-Americans.

Co-presented by Nibras and Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMEAC) The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY).

3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 6, 2008, Martin E. Segal Theatre. Free!