Please join us for a panel discussion with videos and presentations by representatives from the Jenin Freedom Theatre in Palestine. The panelists will discuss the following:
- What is it like to make theater in Occupied Palestine and why is this work important?
- What is the relationship between theatre and politics in Palestine as practiced at The Freedom Theatre?
- How does the theatre continue its work under severe repression, murder and arrests?
- What are the similarities/differences in acting education between the U.S. and Palestine?
Midway through Camus's classic The Stranger, an unnamed Arab is killed. Leaping from this moment and working backwards through possible histories of tangled romance, ethnic conflict, and random violence, playwright Betty Shamieh has crafted a new play inspired by this unknown character. Infused with elements of Middle Eastern oral storytelling traditions and dance, The Strangest is an absurdist murder mystery about two Algerian brothers who vie for the love of the same woman. Their bitter rivalry ends with one brother being inexplicably gunned down by a French stranger.
Following the reading, the writer and director will be joined in discussion by moderator James Schamus.