Trespassing: U.S. Premieres of 2 One-Act Plays From Egypt
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Forget what you learned in first grade: '1+1' is one of the most difficult problems on the planet, often taking a lifetime to solve. Just ask the characters in Happily Ever After, the dazzling new play by Cristina Colmena. Three couples of different ages, representing a lifetime of romantic struggles, try to puzzle out what it means to be "together." There are the young lovebirds connected by a powerful attraction yet destined to part; the cynical middle-aged "one night standers" failing to act on a promising encounter; and, finally, an older couple keeping up appearances despite their profound unhappiness. Hanna Bondarewska, artistic director and founder of the Ambassador Theater, directs the world premiere production of this compelling dark comedy. Learn More
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Translated by Dina Amin
The Visitor: Directed by Gail Humphries Mardirosian
The Peephole: Directed by Hanna Bondarewska
The Ambassador Theater invites you to trespass into a nighttime world of desperate crime and ruthless criminals. Or are they? Alfred Farag lures actors and spectators into playing the game of a lifetime in the U.S. premieres of two suspenseful Egyptian one-act plays. The Visitor deals with deception (both of others and of ourselves), while The Peephole addresses the soullessness of an unchained capitalist society.
This illustrious playwright brings the audience into the world of illusion and reality, utilizing the device of play within a play. He blurs the line between what is real and what is theatrical while posing questions regarding power and social status. Ultimately, both of his plays address themes that provoke thinking on subjects still relevant to the 21st century.
The audience will find themselves laughing and crying whilst trapped in Farag’s psychological maze of mirrors, a funhouse where we never know what is real. These plays give insight into Egyptian socio-economic culture, which ultimately gave rise to the Arab Spring, challenging traditional views about power.