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Permission to Narrate: Three Nights of Palestinian Plays


The Center for Palestine Studies invites you to staged readings of three plays that embody the contemporary Palestinian playwright's use of art to resist historical, political and geographic erasures.

This festival is curated by playwright Ismail Khalidi, co-editor of an upcoming anthology of plays entitled of Inside/Outside: Six Plays from Palestine and the Diaspora. A landmark collection in the field of Palestinian theater, Inside/Outside features an introduction by noted writer, poet and adjunct Columbia University faculty member, Nathalie Handal, and is co-edited by award-winning playwright Naomi Wallace.

Wednesday March 25, 7:30 PM
I am Yusuf and This is My Brother
By Amir Nizar Zuabi
Directed by Noelle Ghoussaini

It is the eve of Partition in the village of Baissamoon. Yusuf and Ali are brothers whose lives - like the lives of those around them - are soon interrupted by the chaos of 1948 and the tragedy that will haunt them long into the future.

Thursday March 26, 7:30PM
By Dalia Taha
Directed by Ismail Khalidi

Mariam returns with her son Jawwad to reclaim land in the town where she grew up. But once there, she is faced with the bizarre changes that have occurred and those that are yet to come. A story about the erasure of memory and landscape, Land/Fill explores the ways in which the buried past manages to seep through, out, and up into the present.

Friday March 27, 7:30PM
By Imad Farajin
Directed by Jo Bonney

603 brings us to the core of the Israeli justice system where we meet Palestinian prisoners Mosquito, Boxman, Slap and Snake as they cope with incarceration and the uncertainty of when, if ever, they will be released.


Office of the University Chaplain
Columbia School of the Arts
Columbia Department of English
Heyman Center for the Humanities
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
Middle East Institute
Noor Theatre.

Free and open to the public.

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The event will be accessible. There is a wheelchair lift that will be operated by a designated Columbia faculty representative.

March 25, 26, and 27, 2015, 7:30PM
Earl Hall Theater,
2980 Broadway,
Columbia University