Trespassing: U.S. Premieres of 2 One-Act Plays From Egypt
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In Florencia in the Amazon, a famous opera singer embarks upon an enchanted riverboat journey up the famous South American river in a tale inspired by the magical realism of Nobel Prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez (Love in the Time of Cholera). Along the way, the opera's female lead, Florencia Grimaldi, hopes to track down her long-lost lover, but her fellow travelers are beset by storms and become carried deeper into the rain forest, guided by a mystical river creature. The first Spanish-language commission by a major U.S. opera company, Florencia in the Amazon features a shimmering, romantic score by Daniel Catán and a libretto by Marcela Fuentes-Berain. Two-time Grammy Award-winning American soprano Christine Goerke takes the starring role in this Washington National Opera premiere. 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.