Around Town: The Freedom Theatre: The Siege

Thu, October 12, 2017 7:30 pm

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Thursday October 12, 2017 through Sunday October 22, 2017
The Freedom Theatre, NYU Skirball

An unexpectedly compelling theatrical experience with a rough and ready energy, and, in the very act of its telling, speaks for the voiceless and forgotten.” – The Guardian (UK)

The Siegeis a passionate retelling of the story of the 2002 siege of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, during the height of the second intifada. Drawn from interviews with survivors, it is told from the point of view of some of the armed Palestinian fighters who found refuge in the church. Along with 200 civilians, they were given sanctuary by the church’s resident priests and nuns and spent 39 days there with dwindling food, water and medical supplies. While the world watched, the fighters grappled with survival, ideology, and the decision to continue the struggle to the end, or surrender.

The Freedom Theatre, based in the West Bank refugee camp of Jenin, is dedicated to using culture and art as catalysts for social change. Through workshops, classes and professional theater productions, the company helps Palestinian adults, youth and women develop tools to deal with the hardships of daily life under occupation.

Every performance of The Siegewill be followed by a post-show conversation, with guest artists, writers and educators, in conversation with Nabil Al-Raee and Zoe Lafferty, co-directors of The Siege.

The North American premiere tour ofThe Siegeis produced by ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann.

Performed in Arabic with English supertitles.

The Freedom Theatre at NYU Skirball is co-sponsored by the Department ofNYU Tisch Dance, the Department of NYU Steinhardt Educational Theatre, the Department of NYU Middle Eastern and Islamic Studiesand the Kevorkian Center.

To purchase special $25 tickets enter code SIEGE at link

Last updated: 2017-10-06 18:19:25

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