THE BIRTH OF PAPER, live from Beirut!

Save the dates June 24th through the 29th for 

RealTime Interventions‘s upcoming theatrical event The Birth of Paper, part of RealTime’s Post Theatrical festival of plays-by-mail.  I wanted to write to you both personally because of your respective work with international communities; I thought you may have connections that would appreciate this particular production, especially it’s connection with Beirut.  With all the live events starting up for the summer, we don’t want this extraordinary event to get overlooked.

This show is note-worthy for a couple of reasons:

  • It’s the very last offering of Post Theatrical  which has had a heckuva run (four sold out shows, two second runs of popular shows, hundreds of artists employed, nods from the New York Times, New Yorker, and Vulture);
  • It’s a live performance from Beirut, Lebanon, where residents are facing economic freefall, government absence and a terrifying everyday existence (some days we rehearse without power using a personal generator; some days our actor has protests happening outside her window due to the impossible costs of food.) As our collaborator Milia Ayache says, in some ways the show is a chronicle of the downfall of a country and the rising needs of its people— for connection, for attention, for comfort. These are things we strive to provide in the course of the show.
  • The show began as a simple adaptation of a play and has transformed into a multi-armed engine of connection between our city and Beirut. It is supported by a team of over forty makers (who’ve made items that have been sent to Beirutis to be opened live), letter-writers, and volunteers. Some of these folks appear in the show itself. And the content is about little-known connections that exist between Pittsburgh and Lebanon; we think audiences on both sides will be surprised.
  • Although it occurs on Zoom, it’s not exactly a “Zoom play”.  It’s a live, interactive, distance-based experience occurring between Pittsburgh and Beirut which would have required distance technology regardless of Covid restrictions. It’s not about social distance, it’s about distance— between writer and audience and performer, between “us” and “them”– and finding a way to care about people you cannot meet or even see, people in need on the other side of the world.  With the element of gift-giving at its center, we are calling this piece “humanitarian theater.”

You can access a media kit with images and social media posts here.  The dates of the show are June 24th through the 29th, and tickets are now available through the Post Theatrical website.

The show has been described as “a transcontinental transference of goods and goodwill.”  It stars Lebanese performer Milia Ayache (last seen in Pittsburgh in RealTime’s ANGELMAKERS: Songs for Female Serial Killers) and is devised by RealTime, written by Molly Rice, and directed by me, Rusty Thelin.

I know your time is valuable and you probably have many folks asking a lot of things from you all the time.  Any help is appreciated, even if it is just liking (and maybe sharing?) some of our posts.

Join us for a Conversation with Playwright/Climate Change Activist Chantal Bilodeau

Join us for a Conversation with Playwright/Climate Change Activist Chantal Bilodeau. She created the Arctic Cycle of plays seen around the world. In 2019, she was named one of “8 Trailblazers Who Are Changing the Climate Conversation” by Audubon Magazine.

Chantal Bilodeau is a Montreal-born, New York-based playwright and translator whose work focuses on the intersection of science, policy, art, and climate change. In her capacity as artistic director of The Arctic Cycle, she has been instrumental in getting the theatre and educational communities, as well as diverse audiences in the US and abroad, to engage in climate action through programming that includes live events, talks, publications, workshops, national and international convenings, and a worldwide distributed theatre festival. Her work has been presented in a dozen countries around the world. She is writing a series of eight plays that look at the social and environmental changes taking place in the eight Arctic states.

You are invited to a Zoom conversation.

When: June 4, 2021, 12:00 Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this conversation:


TWB Digest #408

Applications Open for Global Fellows Deadline June 7, 2021

Call for Applications:
Generation Z  Mentorship Program

Zoukak is looking for the next generation of theatre makers residing in Lebanon, wishing to take their first steps in the performing arts field.

If you are between 15 and 19 years old, apply now!

Fill in and submit the application form in your preferred language by the 11th of June before 9pm. 

For inquiries, please contact

A Decade of Arts is an open invitation to researchers from Syria and the Arab region to contribute with research papers and studies on art production and projects related to the Syrian context during the past decade. The contributions will be released under a special edition of the Research to Strengthen the Culture of Knowledge Programme and as part of the programming for the tenth anniversary of Ettijahat, in partnership with AFAC – The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, and Arab Council for the Social Sciences.

The purpose of the invitation is to receive 20 research papers from art researchers, artists and art curators from the Arab Region interested in artistic questions related to the Syrian Context. This will hopefully enable art practitioners and creators, to reflect on the major transformations in the Syrian ‘artistic project’ and to learn about some issues pertaining the role of arts and their presence in public life.

Deadline for proposal submission
 1 July 2021 (at 23:59 Beirut time)

For more information and to apply please click here.

KO festival 

The Magdalena project 
Women in the Arts and Media Coalition
Journal of American Drama and Theatre
New International Performing Arts Institute