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Minnesota Humanities Commission

ZAFIRA AND THE RESISTANCE

by KATHRYN HADDAD

directed by MALEK NAJJAR and ZEINA SALAME 

 

October 11 -  27

Dowling Studio, Guthrie Theater

818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415

New Arab American Theater Works’ production of Zafira and the Resistance, written by Minnesota playwright Kathryn Haddad and directed by Malek Najjar and Zeina Salame, played October 11–27, 2019 at the Dowling Studio. 

 

The country has come under the spell of a despotic leader and rising anti-immigrant and Islamophobic sentiment.  Arab American school teacher Zafira Khoury and her community get swept into the chaos. What will happen when the local high school becomes a center for the government's new agenda? 

This compelling play takes a critical look at Arab American identity, institutional racism, the generational struggles and fears of Arabs and Muslims and the possibility of collective punishment.

 

Ensemble: Hala Adwan, Noor Adwan, Mireille Tenachian Al Ahmar, Heidi Berg, Garry Geiken, Eva Gemlo, Joey Haddad, Lina Jamoul, Erika Kuhn, Clay Man Soo Sletta, William Maus, Stephanie Ruas, Filsan Said, Rasha Ahmed Sharif

Designers: Ali Elabaddy (Sound), Hend al Mansour (Set), Laurie Clements (Costumes), Jordan Lee Thompson (Videographer), Mike Wangen (Lighting)