Aswat: Voices of Palestine


Aswat: Voices of Palestine 

A two-day program of readings by playwrights of Palestinian and Arab descent and playwrights of other backgrounds exploring Palestinian themes

Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6


All tickets are free!
To reserve tickets, call 212-780-9037 x123.

Presented by New York Theatre Workshop and Nibras
in partnership with the Drama Department
of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.


About Aswat: Voices of Palestine

Part of New York Theatre Workshop’s ongoing series of Public Programs, Aswat: Voices of Palestine, is a two-day program of readings by playwrights of Palestinian and Arab descent and playwrights of other backgrounds exploring Palestinian themes. The event, which will take place at NYU’s 74-seat Loewe Theatre, will begin with welcoming remarks and a keynote overview of Palestinian theatre past and present.  The readings will be followed by moderated discussions that will provide a stimulating opportunity for audience members and artists to discuss the plays and the issues embedded in them.  Aswat is the Arabic word for "voices".

New York Theatre Workshop aims to present invigorating theatrical productions and events that reflect and respond to our world. In the spring of 2006, NYTW began a series of dialogues with Najla Saïd, Leila Buck, and Nathalie Handal of the Arab-American theatre collective Nibras concerning the complex issues surrounding artistic output from and about Palestine . In the course of these conversations, NYTW and Nibras discovered a mutual passion for using theatre to pose challenging questions and expose points of view that have been obscured or silenced by polarizing social and political forces. NYTW and Nibras thus found a shared call to action to provide opportunities for hidden voices from Palestine to be heard by a wider audience. 

New York Theatre Workshop named Nibras a company-in-residence at NYTW and invited Ms. Saïd, Ms. Buck, and Ms. Handal to join its extended community of affiliate artists, the Usual Suspects. Nibras’s first project with NYTW is Aswat: Voices of Palestine.

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Schedule of events for Aswat: Voices of Palestine

All events take place at NYU's Loewe Theatre,
721 Broadway, 2nd Floor

Saturday, May 5

Session 1
12pm, Welcoming Remarks/Program Overview by Juliano Mer Khamis 

12:30pm, Break (coffee/tea/light snacks provided) 

1pm, Reading: Last Train to Jerusalem by Fuad Abboud, directed by Will Frears

Discussion Themes: representing history, use of metaphor and allegory

Discussion Moderator: Catherine Coray 

3:30pm, Break 

Session 2
4pm, Reading and Discussion: It Happened in a Place Called Palestine by Razanne Carmey, directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde; Sharon and My Mother-in Law by Suad Amiry, stage adaptation by Afaf Shawwa, directed by Kareem Fahmy; and Deir Yassin: The Stonecutters by Nathalie Handal, directed by Sturgis Warner

Discussion Themes: using true/historical stories, hakawati influence (“hakawati" means “storyteller” in Arabic and refers to the long tradition of storytelling in the Arab world)

Discussion Moderator: Hala Nassar 

6:30pm, Break 

Session 3
30pm, Reading and Discussion: Between This Breath and You by Naomi Wallace, directed by Isis Saratial Misdary

Discussion Themes: co-existence, race and class in Palestinian/Israeli relations, linked lives, politics of non-Arabs writing about Palestine

Discussion Moderator: Juliano Mer Khamis 

Sunday, May 6

Session 4< strong>
2:00pm, Reading and Discussion: Born in Bethlehem: The Last Clown by Sami Metwasi/Al-Harah Theater, directed by Johanna McKeon; Food and Fadwa or Eklitl Hob by Lameece Issaq and Jacob Kader, directed by Shoshana Gold; and The Monologist Suffers Her Monologue by Yussef El Guindi, directed by Piter Marek 

Discussion Themes: removing the fourth wall, European/collective influences on Palestinian theatre, use of humor and irony

Discussion Moderator: Dalia Basiouny 

4:30pm, Closing Reception (wine/cheese provided) 

(All programs and participants subject to change, please check for updates.)


Free tickets may be reserved by
calling NYTW at 212-780-9037 x123.

Each session requires a separate reservation. 
Remaining tickets available at the door.

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The Old Vic's US/UK Exchange Readings


With The Old Vic’s transfer of A Moon for the Misbegotten to Broadway, Old Vic New Voices (the Theatre's education department) is showcasing the work and talents of the hottest emerging British and American talent.  
The British practitioners are all members of The Old Vic's New Voices Club – our professional development programmed aimed at supporting the very best young London-based actors, directors, writers and producers.
Two readings will take place on
Monday 30th April at the Kirk Theatre, Theatre Row at 4pm and 7pm:
• 4pm – Going After Alice by Megan Mostyn-Brown, directed by New Voices Club director Lucy Kerbel  
After their son is killed by a suicide bomber, the already fractured Robertsons must face their grief and learn how to be a family again.   
Megan’s other works include
Girl, The Secret Lives of Losers, 4th of July, The Hawk Has No Home, Lizards and The Rest of Your Life. 

• 7pm – Stoopud F*cken Animals by Joel Horwood, directed by Ari Edelson (artistic director, US/UK Exchange) 
For brothers Charlie and Dim, life in their rural backwater hasn't changed for years. But when Bruno, a prize bull, loses his libido it sets an old farm cowboy on a collision course with Charlie and Dim’s home town, and their best-kept secrets. 
The first Western to be set in rural England, Stoopud F*ucken Animals is a tragic tale, comically told. The play showcases the talent of New Voices Club actor, Michael Cox and is produced by New Voices Club producer, David Luff.
Both readings will be followed by drinks, with the opportunity to chat to our New Voices Club members (biographies below for your information). We do hope that you can join us.
To confirm your attendance at one or both of the readings at Theatre Row, please email us at, indicating how many tickets you would like (1 or 2).
With best wishes 

Ari Edelson (Artistic Director, US/UK Exchange)
Rachael Stevens (Producer, US/UK Exchange)  
The US/UK Exchange readings are generously supported by the Bob and Jennifer Diamond Family Foundation and Theatre Row
Biographies of the 2007 US/UK Exchange New Voices company
Michael Cox (actor) 
Michael trained at ALRA. Theatre credits include : St George and The Dragon (Lyric Hammersmith); Becket (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Laters (Tristan Bates); All’s Well That Ends Well (Young Vic Workshop); Pippi Longstocking (Tour). Theatre at ALRA includes: Amadeus; The Mill on the Floss; Romeo & Juliet and The Beau Defeated. TV includes: Adult at Fourteen (Channel Four) and Children of Crime (BBC2).  
Joel Horwood (writer) 
Joel’s first play Mikey the Pikey premiered at the Gulbenkian Theatre and won the Cameron Mackintosh Award at the National Student Drama Festival. The production subsequently enjoyed a sell-out run at the 2005 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and earned Joel a place on the Royal Court and BBC ‘The 50’ initiative. His second play Cattleprod Shakedown was produced at The Stephen Joseph Theatre and Food (commissioned by The Imaginary Body) was awarded a Fringe First for its run at The Traverse Theatre during the 2006 Fringe and will shortly be touring the UK.  
Lucy Kerbel (director) 
Lucy has recently been working as a Staff Director at the National Theatre, assisting Katie Mitchell on Attempts On Her Life.  From 2005-6 she was Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio. Directing credits include Romeo and Juliet (Ripley Castle); Play (present : tense at Trafalgar Studios); Red, Cinema and Jimmy Cliff (Theatre 503); and Love and Money (Young Vic Shorts).  Work as an Assistant Director includes: Waves (National Theatre); Hamlet (English Touring Theatre – New Ambassadors and national tour) and Bone (Royal Court).  She was the recipient of the 2005 Cohen Trainee Director’s Bursary.  
David Luff (producer) 
David is a freelance producer of new writing with an MA in Dramaturgy (Goldsmiths University). He has recently produced Dogfight, a new play by Sarah Sigal (Arcola Theatre) and the Shortcuts Festival of New Writing (Union Theatre). He previously worked full-time at the Arcola Theatre, producing Dracula and the Voyage of the Demeter and Shortcuts 2005. In 2005 he co-produced a theatrical expedition to Salzburg in which Tales from Ovid was performed 500 feet up in the Austrian Alps.

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Teatro cubano actual: Dramaturgia escrita en Estados Unidos:
Presentation at the XIV Havana International Book Fair
Teatro cubano actual is a critical anthology of U.S. Cuban theater, edited by Dr. Lillian Manzor (professor at the University of Miami) and Alberto Sarraín (theater director, Miami-Havana), to be published by Ediciones Alarcos in Havana, January 2005. This anthology will be a landmark in theater studies and U.S.Cuban studies for a number of reasons: 
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· It is the first anthology of U.S. Cuban theater available in Spanish
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Antología crítica
Editada por
Lillian Manzor y Alberto Sarraín
"Más allá del guión: El teatro usano-cubano." Dr. Lillian Manzor
Índice de obras, autores, traductores, ensayos y ensayistas
La conducta de la vida,"  de María Irene Fornés. Traducción de la autora,  y Alberto Sarraín.
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Illustrations by Barbara Anello

Published by Periplus Editions, Singapore


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Funding to Arts Orgs for Int'l Prof. Exchange Projects

The Cultural Programs Division of the US State Department's Office of Citizen Exchanges, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has announced an open competition for grant awards that support one to three year professional exchange projects between non-profit arts organizations in the U.S. and their counterparts in other countries. Exchange participants may be professional artists, arts educators, arts administrators or other types of arts and cultural experts. U.S. public and non-profit organizations with 501 (c) (3) status may submit proposals. Individual Artists and amateur and community-based arts groups are not eligible for funding under the Arts Exchanges in International Issues Program. Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 15, 2005. Range of Grant Awards: $50,000-$300,000 (Limited to $60,000 if your organization does not have four years of experience managing international exchange activities.) For more information, go to