Fort Point Theatre Channel, Tamziq: Scattered and Connected, and the Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences
a new play written by
Jessica Litwak, with Amir al-Azraki
directed by Marc S. Miller
production design by Anne Loyer
free workshop production runs
May 16-18, 2013
"The Land" is a new play by Jessica Litwak, a U.S. playwright, with Amir al-Azraki, an Iraqi playwright. The first script collaboratively developed by U.S. and Iraqi theater artists, "The Land" is being workshopped as part of the development of the work toward future full productions. The play is based on an idea by Litwak and al-Azraki.
The story for "The Land" merges the fantastic and the realistic as it moves across time and geography and traverses the worlds of the living and the dead. It is a tragicomedy about two soldiers, one from Iraq and one from the U.S. Although both have been killed, they come to see the horror and humor of their lives while a gravedigger poet buries them. As the gravedigger rushes through his job, they go over their lives, from history to religion to the women they love and will miss. They come to a reconciliation and are motivated to make peace in the afterlife. Meanwhile, their mothers, on opposite sides of the world, come to terms with sorrow, rage, and regret. They meet years later to ask each other: Is understanding possible? Is forgiveness possible? Is peace?
Lisa Caron Driscoll
Michael Dwan Singh
Anne Loyer, Production Designer
Marc S. Miller, Director
Sarah Asbury, Stage Manager
Hana Pegrimkova, Props, Masks
Ida Aronson, Lighting Designer
Meredith Magoun, Costume Designer
Erin Anderson, Makeup
Samual Lasman, Dramaturg
"The Land," part of the overall "Tamziq: Scattered and Connected" project, is being developed by Fort Point Theater Channel in conjunction with the Odysseus Project (www.odysseusproject.org) and the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences (www.umb.edu/joinercenter). "Tamziq" means torn in Arabic and this multifaceted project serves as a conversation in art by Middle Eastern and American artists.
Anne Loyer, director of the Odysseus Project and a member of the Fort Point Theatre Channel's artistic board, has organized and co-curated the "Tamziq" project, which is currently presenting the "Tamziq" exhibition at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA. The Fort Point Arts Community and FPTC are supporting partners in this exhibit. Loyer conceived "Tamziq" to create opportunities for dialogue and exchange with and within two communities: Iraqi refugees resettling in Massachusetts and U.S. veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
10 Channel Center Street (View)
10 Channel Center Street
Boston, MA 02210
|Minimum Age: 14|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|