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.
FOOD AND FADWA
Maha Chehlaoui Laith Nakli
Meet Fadwa Faranesh, an unmarried, 30-something
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
blend with family tensions to create a sometimes
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.
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. download recording
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
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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!
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.