Staged Reading: Alwan & Masrah Ensemble Present: "Baltimore"

Wed, May 28, 2014 8:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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BALTIMORE, Staged Reading with Daniel Balabane and Alexander Borinsky

Translation to Arabic by Fadi Tofeili

Baltimore, a play written in English by Borinsky and newly translated to Arabic, is a haphazardly folded map of an American city – originally conceived as a text for a solo performance. The protagonist hears a click one day, feels his mind is pushed off from the rest of his body, and spends months wandering the streets. Memory and geography mingle as he encounters fellow wanderers in moments of violence and tenderness.

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Borinsky and Balabane have collaborated on the development of this play both in Arabic and English translations, within the framework of the project Triangles: Playing across Amharic, Arabic, and English. This mission is Masrah Ensemble’s international theatre festival-in-progress which translates and reimagines three plays through a series of residencies and public encounters in Beirut and New York and an array of collaborations with groups and artists in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and the United States.

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Daniel Balabane is a performance artist, dancer, musician, actor, and theatre teacher. He has trained in Lebanon and Spain and performed in Tunisia, France, Egypt, and Lebanon.

Alexander Borinsky is a playwright, performer, and director. The author of six full-length plays and a member of Youngblood, a collective of emerging professional playwrights in New York, he is a participant in the Global Connections–ON the ROAD program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the professional not-for-profit American theatre.

About Masrah Ensemble

Masrah Ensemble is a nonprofit theatre company and organization that makes and develops theatre with a focus on the Arab stage. Based in Beirut, Lebanon, the Ensemble aims to reconfigure audiences and to encourage transcendent, riveting theatre. Since 2009, we have been staging performances, cultivating new talent, fostering criticism and research, and championing artistic and cultural exchange.

Last updated: 2014-05-19 15:34:51

Masrah Ensemble actors and artists in Beirut, Lebanon, 2014
Masrah Ensemble actors and artists in Beirut, Lebanon, 2014

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