Jenin Freedom Theatre Touring US in September with ‘The Island’

The Jenin Freedom Threatre will be performing an adaptation of Athol Fugard’s “The Island” in the US this September, kicking off at Brown University on September 11:

The-Island-V-54145_200x200According to The Freedom Theatre:

The Island is a revolutionary South African apartheid-era drama, inspired by a true story. The Island is set in a prison and revolves around two cellmates: one who is soon to be released while the other is serving a life sentence. They spend their days at mind-numbing physical labour and at night rehearse for a performance of Sophocles’Antigone. Antigone, who defies the laws of the state to follow her conscience, and her uncle who sentences her to die for her crime. Is Antigone guilty? Who decides?

The Freedom Theatre adapted the play to reflect experience of Palestinian political prisoners within Israeli prisons, and it was performed to sold-out houses in the Jenin refugee camp in Arabic. The ensemble then re-adapted the play into English to be performed in Jenin (March 2013), Sweden (April-May 2013), Brazil (August 2012), and the U.S.

The first showing is at Brown University on Wednesday, September 11 at 7 p.m. You can book tickets here and follow more about the theatre on Facebook.

A video trailer for the Arabic staging:

Thanks to Barbara Skubic for the tip.


  1. Actually, the first showings are at UConn’s Katter Theater, Sept. 6, 7PM, Sept. 7, 2 PM & 7 PM
    For tickets call 860-486-2113
    There will also be a performance in Arabic at the 4th Street Theare, New York City, 2 PM, Sept. 28.
    For complete details stay posted to The Freedom Theatre on FB and their website.

    1. Constancia, thanks! But I’ve been to The Freedom Theatre on FB and their website, and found no mention of other shows. FB only mentions Brown, and the website says “The first show is at Brown University on Wednesday, September 11 at 7 p.m.” & “The tour kicks off at Brown University on September 11.”

      Do you have a direct link to more updated information? Or is that (the above) all that’s available? Thanks!

      1. Ticket information:

        Nafe Katter Theatre of Connecticut Repertory Theatre, University of Connecticut, 802 Bolton Rd., Storrs, CT: 860-486-2113. Sept. 6, 7 PM. Sept. 7, 2 PM & 7 PM

        Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Studio 1, Brown University, 154 Angell St., Providence, RI: Sept. 11, 7 PM

        Devine Studio Theatre at the Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O St. NW, Washington DC: Sept. 16 & 17, 7 PM

        4th Street Theatre, 83 E. 4th Street, NYC: Sept. 25, 26, & 27, 7 PM. Sept. 28, 2 PM in Arabic.

    2. Hi–I’m also interested in knowing about any additional U.S. performances this fall. In particular, any in the Dearborn/Detroit (southeastern Michigan) area? I teach a course on the Arab-Israeli Conflict in Palestinian and Israeli literature, film, culture, and if there was any performance nearby I’d be very interested in having the class attend, etc.
      Thanks for any info, or lead to whoever to contact about this. best,
      Carol Bardenstein, University of Michigan
      Associate Professor of Arabic & Comparative Literature

        1. Thanks!

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