Nearly 500 people made it to the original showings of Taxi, an “installation theatre” adaptation of Khaled al-Khamissi’s novel. Now the show — with new scenes and some new actors — is set to be staged in a new space, the GrEEK CAMPUS:
The new showings will begin on April 17, and — just as before — will include separate shows in English and in Arabic.
According to Artistic Director Brian Farish, the show will be somewhat different from the original performances at VENT in January. In the original shows, there was some improvisation by the actors, “but at VENT it was essentially the same from show to show.”
Now, some scenes that were cut have been added back in, and director Shady El Dali has come in as an acting coach. “It’s been so fantastic watching him work with them,” Farish said. “I myself have learned a lot from him and am honored that he has joined us in rehearsals. The show is sharper, funnier, and faster as a result of his contributions.”
As at VENT, the show is not traditional in-your-seats theatre, but an installation event, with “the novel’s most memorable characters staged throughout the GrEEK Campus’ courtyard space.” Arabic showings will be on April 17, 18, 24, and 25, and English showings on May 1 and 2.
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