Panel Discussion: Theater with Maha Chehlaoui, Mona Mansour, Dana Balicki and Nastaran Ahmad

Mon, April 4, 2011 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Free and Open to the Public

A panel discussion with three female playwrights who will address their work and the representation of Arab and Arab American women in theater.

Maha Chehlaoui
is Executive Director of the Noor Theater. Noor Theatre is dedicated to supporting, developing and presenting the work of theatre artists of Middle Eastern descent. As a vital presence in the theatrical landscape, Noor Theatre aims to create exceptional work that transcends cultural boundaries and speaks to all people. For more information, cick here

Mona Mansour
Mona Mansour is playwright of The Public Theater’s new play Urge for Going, which fuses global politics with the intimacy of coming of age. Jamila, a 17-year-old Palestinian girl growing up in a Lebanese refugee camp, is desperate to escape the small and impoverished world she calls home but her greatest source of inspiration, her father, may also prove to be her biggest obstacle. More Info for Urge for Going, click here.

Urge For Going was read at The Public (New Work Now) and Theater J in Washington, D.C and was part of last summer’s Ojai Playwrights Conference. Mona completed a year in The Public’s Emerging Writers Group, where her play The Hour of Feeling was read in The Public’s Spotlight Series (directed by Mark Wing-Davey). Mona trained as an actor, studying at UCSD and SMU, and started writing when she performed in the Sunday Show at L.A.’s famed Groundlings Theater. Her first play, Me and the S.L.A.focused on her childhood obsession with Patricia Hearst and the Symbionese Liberation Army and was performed at the Groundlings and Seattle Fringe Festival. Girl Scouts of America (co-written with Andrea Berloff) had readings at NYTW, The Public (New Work Now), and a production in NYC Fringe 2006. Television writing credits: “Dead Like Me,” (Showtime) and “Queens Supreme,” (CBS). A Core Writer of Minneapolis’ Playwright Center, Mona was named “One of 50 to Watch” by the Dramatists Guild. Honorable Mention, Middle East America Playwright Award.

Dana Balicki is Playwright of the adaption of Overcoming Speechlessness by Alice Walker. In partnership with CODEPINK Women for Peace & The Culture Project Dana Balicki is developing an adaptation of Alice Walker’s essay ‘Overcoming Speechlessness,’ a reflection on her travels through Gaza. A meditation on the indomitability of the human spirit and the struggle to overcome the speechlessness that engulfs us in the wake of violence and brutality. For the past 6 years Dana has worked for the radical women’s peace organization CODEPINK Women for Peace. She is a writer, producer, artist, and activist currently living in Brooklyn. For more information, click here.

Nastaran Ahmad
i is in the thick of writing a new play called Exile, in which Sameera, an assimilated daughter of Iranian immigrants, meets Elly, a video game mogul who has designed a game that puts players at the heart of a potential nuclear holocaust in the Middle East. Nastaran’s work has received Honorable Mentions from The Jane Chambers Playwriting Award and The Middle East Ameria Distinguished Playwright Award. Nastaran is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis where she received a BA in Theater summa cum laude honors. Nastaran also holds an MFA in Playwriting from Yale School of Drama where she received the ASCAP Cole Porter Prize in Playwriting. For more information, click here.


Alwan's Literary Programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Last updated: 2011-11-30 03:07:26

Maha Chehlaoui
Maha Chehlaoui
Mona Mansour
Mona Mansour
Dana Balicki
Dana Balicki
Nastaran Ahmadi
Nastaran Ahmadi

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