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Theatre: Keffiyeh/Made in China

Friday, October 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - Sunday, October 16, 2016 @ 4:00 pm

| $15

Keffiyeh/Made in China – by Dalia Taha

Four Performances: Friday,  October 14 @ 7 pm; Saturday, @ 4 pm and 7 pm; Sunday @ 4 pm

Children, Parents, Lovers, Friends, Siblings, Strangers – Keffiyeh/Made in China interrogates how we are alienated and separated from each other in the most intimate ways. Eight seemingly unrelated vignettes attempt to find a repressed humanity among the invisible forces of occupation in Palestine.  Dalia Taha’s original story uses brisk and repetitive dialogue along with scarce settings to create a space outside of social context to better examine ourselves in the face of fragility, domination, and fragmentation.

From Muftah.org (Palestinian website)
With two or three people in each scene, Taha writes with a searing wit that confounds expectations held by and of each of her characters, whether a Palestinian keffiyeh merchant or Belgian tourist. Throughout the piece, short arguments between strangers, friends, lovers, and colleagues serve as unlikely markers of collective experience. Taha challenges the world of social media click-bait, state-supported video propaganda, and stereotypes that are all too easily accepted in order to unearth the human connections that exist in the smallest and strangest of personal encounters. The play demonstrates how a single conversation can undo decades of assumptions.

We are proud to be have Keffiyeh/Made in China as part of the closing events of Beit Zatoun.

About the Playwright
Dalia Taha is a Palestinian poet and playwright. She was born in Berlin 1986 but grew up in Ramallah-Palestine. Her first play Keffiyeh/Made in China was produced by the Flemish Royal Theater and A.M. Qattan Foundation. The play was premiered in Brussels in 2012, then brought to Palestine where it toured 7 Palestinian cities across the West Bank. The play was given a staged reading in July 2013 at the Mosaic room in London, as part of the Shubbak Festival: A window on contemporary Arab Culture. In addition to that two scenes of the play where staged in Mohamed V Theatre in Rabat-Morocco. The play has been published in four languages, Arabic, English, French and Flemish.  In addition to plays, Dalia writes poetry and fiction. She has published two collections of poetry, and one novel. Her poems were translated into English, French, German, and Swedish.  Dalia graduated from Birzeit University in 2009 with a degree in Architecture.

Article (2015) in The Gaurdian with playwright  about her newest play Fireworks.

The Cast: Bilal Biag, Ishai Buchbinder, Sarah Naomi Campbell, Kanza Feris, Simone Kitchen
Abbas Pajooman

The Crew: Director – John Maize; Stage Manager – Nida Haroon; Producer – Sidrah Laldin & Abbas Pajooman

The Company: Afsah Theatre company, established in 2015, aims to help develop, produce, and support voices of Canadian artists and communities with ties to Muslim-majority regions and its diaspora.

General Price: $15 ;  Students/Seniors/Arts Workers: $10
Tickets are available in advance, or at the door.

For more information please contact afsahtheatre@gmail.com

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Need to know:
– Doors open at 6:40
– General Price: $15; Students/Seniors/Arts Workers: $10
– 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.