Next Door at NYTW provides a home for companies and artists who are producing their own work. This initiative provides each project with subsidized resources and space for development and performance in the Fourth Street Theatre. As part of an ongoing effort to expand support for artists at every stage of their careers, this series served nearly 100 additional artists in the first year alone.
Dead Are My People follows Nicola, a young Syrian man who flees to the U.S. from famine-stricken Mount Lebanon during World War I. Once there, he hopes to track down his uncle Tanios, who emigrated West years before. Finding few traces of his kin, Nicola must ultimately navigate the treacherous terrain of the Jim Crow South. Grappling with the legacies of white supremacy, immigration, and assimilation, Dead Are My People is an unexpected and timely journey to the core of the American experience. Dead Are My People is Noor Theatre’s first full-length play commission.
A play with music by Ismail Khalidi
Original Compositions by Hadi Eldebek
Lyrics by Ismail Khalidi, Hadi Eldebek and Patrick Lazour
Directed by Leah C. Gardiner
Featuring Adam Bakri, Brandon Gill, Ken Marks, Sevan Greene, Nadine Malouf, and Brian O’Neill