After D.C., Taha will be staged in London, at the Young Vic’s Maria studio, from July 5 to 15.
The spark for the ten-play collection was Ibrahim El-Husseini′s Comedy of Sorrows, a work that Maggor helped translate and stage in 2012. Comedy of Sorrows, part of the first wave of post-2011 plays, was brought into English not for a general audience, but for an academic conference at Harvard University entitled “Women Making Democracy”.
“My role? For years I would receive emails, hate mail from the Arab world. Now I get hate mail from Finns! Because I speak about racism, about refugees.”
“What you need to understand is that truth is directly connected to our wallets. And since your wallet is empty, and mine is full, that means the truth isn’t in your wallet. It’s in mine.”
“‘Personal Empathy Machine’ is an original performance work by Amal Omran, Hatem Hadawe and Kathryn Hamilton about Syrian prisons, Virtual Reality and the limits of empathy.”
“I feel very vulnerable as a teacher. Many of my fears around that came out in my play ZAFIRA. She was a teacher who ended up in the ‘Arab and Muslim Internment Camps.'”
“Maggor added over email that Hadyar’s U.S. visa had been approved, so the playwright will be joining the final week of rehearsals as well as the production. “
“[A] Canadian teacher has been suspended for giving a speech in which she called the assassinated Palestinian writer a martyr.”
“Submissions should be of 8-10 pages in length and must be received by August 31, 2016. “
“This desire underlines a central challenge impeding the development of Palestinian theater in Israel – as it is, schools offer theater training almost entirely in Hebrew. “
“In film and on stage, the women courageously explore parallels between the ancient Greek tragedy and the catastrophe of today’s civil war.”
“Was mine a legitimate interest in their plays as dramatic literature? Or was it a newfangled fascination with the recent events of the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ and a taste for the exotic?”