World-Premiere Comedy at the Jewish Theater of New York -- SAIDA: A Tunisian Love Story
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In downtown Philadelphia, a down-and-out boxer is struggling to get by when the chance of a lifetime comes along. He doesn't have long to get back in fighting shape, but if he does it, this could be his best shot to become a champion, and his last chance for love. The massively popular movie about the ultimate underdog inspired this innovative new stage production, brought to life by a five-time Tony Award-winning creative team, including director Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher), songwriting team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime), and book writers Thomas Meehan (The Producers) and Sylvester Stallone, writer and star of the Rocky films. Featuring 20 original songs, plus hits from the films ("Eye of the Tiger" and "Gonna Fly Now"), Rocky is not only an adrenaline-fueled spectacle for anyone who was a fan of the movie, but it's also a surprising tale of romance that will touch the hearts of longtime musical theater fans. Learn More
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On the day hundreds of thousands of Internet users expect the Third Intifada to Free Palestine to be launched in Israel, the Jewish Theater of New York will open SAIDA in New York.
SAIDA is a Commedia dell'arte, Middle East style. Two men, veteran spies of opposing countries, show up unannounced at Haj Ibn Kabir’s abode in Tunisia. Each visitor is doing his best to make the other fall in love with the Haj’s daughter, Saida, and once they think they have succeeded each is doing his best to steal her from the other.
As the Middle East boils and rages, and as American foreign policy makers on both sides of the Isle zigzag every Monday and Thursday, The Jewish Theater of New York is extremely happy to offer a little advice to the perplexed. Welcome to Tunisia, land of hotel servants turned revolution makers, and be greeted by Saida, Tunisia's most beautiful lady, whose choice of a lover will resonate for generations to come.
SAIDA was written in Tunisia by playwright and journalist Tuvia Tenenbom. Tuvia, who writes for major European papers, has been filing reports in recent years from varied Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Qatar, Israel and PA.
Written and directed by: Tuvia Tenenbom
Starring: Anita Clay, Sergey Nagorny, Adam Shiri, Robert Tekavec, Jeff Coyne
Set Design: Mark Symczak
Assistant Director: Stefania Schramm
General Manager: Isi Tenenbom