MAY 18 - JUNE 24

Lameece Issaq
and Jacob Kader

Directed by
Shana Gold

A Co-Production with
NOOR Theatre


Food And Fadwa

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Performance Calendar
Discounted Tickets
Scenic Design, Andromache Chalfant; Costume Design,Gabriel Berry; Lighting Design, Japhy Weideman; Sound Design, Jane Shaw; Original Music, Jane Shaw, Amir ElSaffar and George Ziadeh; Music Consultation, George Ziadeh and Amir El Saffar; Production Stage Manager, Lindsey Turteltaub.


Maha Chehlaoui
Laith Nakli
Lameece Issaq
Kathryn Kates
Arian Moayed
Heather Raffo
Haaz Sleiman

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. Story by Lameece Issaq
and Jacob Kader and directed by Shana Gold, 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. NYTW teams up with company-in-residence Noor Theatre to present FOOD AND FADWA.

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Performance schedule:
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7:00pm
Thursdays and Fridays, 8:00pm
Saturday, 3pm, 8pm
Sunday, 2pm, 7pm

Running time:
2 hours 20 minutes
with one intermission

Monday, June 4, there will
be a 7:00 performance

Friday, June 8, no performance

Student Matinee:
May 23

NYTW provides discounted tickets for student groups of ten or more. Please contact Stephanie Warren for specific pricing at or call 212-780-9037.

AfterWords (post-performance audience discussion):

Wednesday, May 30th after the 7pm performance
Art in a Political Context
Food and Fadwa is a play about a family in a volatile political context. Join three Arab American theatre artists as they discuss their creative process, the unique challenges of creating work about the Middle East, and how that work is received by American audiences: Jacob Kader (Food and Fadwa), Heather Raffo (Nine Parts of Desire), and Leila Buck (In the Crossing.) Moderated by Catherine Coray, director of the International hotINK Festival and Associate Arts Professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Tuesday, June 12th after the 7pm performance
Humor as a Tool for Change
Laughter brings people together – it can be used to help us cope with difficult circumstances – and it can be used as a subversive agent for change. Dean Obeidallah (Axis of Evil Comedy Tour) co-founded the Arab American Comedy Festival in 2003, which became an outlet and a meeting place for many emerging Middle Eastern-American theatre artists. Join him and fellow comedians Negin Farsad (The Muslims Are Coming) and Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show) for a hilarious look at comedy and culture in the Middle East, New York City, and around the United States.
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Tuesday, June 19th after the 7pm performance
Palestinian Culture, Identity, and Civilian Life
Panelists: Jacob Kader, Ismail Khalidi, and Najla Said, moderated by Helga Sawil-Touri

4th Street Bar Association Night:
May 31

Repeat Defender's
June 12

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First Preview
May 18, 2012

Opening Night
June 7, 2012

Final Performance
June 24, 2012

The Brief: New York Theatre Workshop's new location for supplementary materials and further reading. Here you will find historical context and in-depth exploration of themes touched on in the season's productions.
NYTW and NOOR Theatre are grateful to DAMASCUS BAKERIES for their generous donation of all Middle Eastern delicacies and baked goods for FOOD AND FADWA. Please visit them and enjoy some of their wonderful cuisine at our concession stand!
Please remember that performances start promptly and latecomers may not be admitted until a suitable break.
There is a monitor in the lobby where late-comers can view the performance. If you leave the auditorium during the performance,
you may be asked to wait until a suitable break before you can reenter.
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