Sunday, May 7
Nuyorican Poets Cafe (236 E 3rd Street, Second Avenue/F Train)
FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.
Desert of Light
Written by Rama Haydar (Syria)
Translated by Rama Haydar & Rebekah Maggor
Directed by Rebekah Maggor
As the 2012 brutal siege rages outside, two Palestinian refugees debate the best plan of escape. Set outside Damascus in the Yarmouk refugee camp, this black tragicomedy reveals the catastrophic absurdity of the Syrian civil war.
Rama Haydar is a Palestinian writer from Syria. She has written scripts for theatre, film, television, and radio. She studied English literature at the University of Damascus in Syria as well as theatre studies and criticism at the Damascus High Institute of Dramatic Arts. Her play Exile, (grant recipient, A. M. Qattan Foundation) focuses on the Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk, the main Palestinian camp in Damascus. Her short film Leaving Home, is a narrative documentary of her experience leaving Syria and relocating to Lebanon. She has also written over sixty episodes for the popular Lebanese television series Life School. Haydar resides in Spain where she has written several pieces for the site-specific micro theatre troupe HEXAGONO.
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