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A Play: “Tennis in Nablus” by Ismail Khalidi

Friday, May 27, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

| $10

A staged play reading of Palestine 1936-39

A 2010 play by Palestinian-American playwright, Ismail Khalidi, which explores a relatively-unknown chapter of Palestinian history, shedding light on the revolt of the late 1930’s and showing how these events helped to shape the 70+ years that have followed. He ambitiously analyzes not only the conflicts between the Palestinians, British, and Zionists, but the conflicts within each of those groups as well. There is tension between the Palestinian rebel and the collaborator; and between the racist, brutal and pompous English officers and the Irish and Indian soldiers who are other victims of Empire forced by circumstances into British uniforms, who form a natural alliance with the Palestinian prisoners.

Throughout, Khalidi never forgets his craft. Political theater can often appear forced or clumsy, with drama taking a back seat to message, and characters mouthing background information or propaganda. Khalidi makes sure he avoids this trap, and expertly constructs his plot and characters with realistic dialog. Someone with no interest in the history of Palestine would find this play quite entertaining. This is great theater. Taken from review in Mondoweiss

Followed by conversation with actors and audience.  This play is part of a reading series by a new Toronto theatre company called Afsah Theatre whose mandate is to:

  • develop, produce, and support voices of Canadian artists and communities with ties to Muslim-majority regions and its diaspora
  • serve as an incubating space for new work by artists of color, particularly those of Muslim backgrounds, and foster diversity in theatre by producing works using integrated, intercultural casting
  • promote diversity of Muslim cultural identity and foster cultural interactions and dialogues with the broader communities.


Need to know:
– Doors open at 6:50
– $10 / PWYC
– Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
– Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) with Zatoun oliveoil+za’atar dipping.