Trespassing: U.S. Premieres of 2 One-Act Plays From Egypt
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Helen Hayes and Barrymore Award-winning writer-director Aaron Posner (The Chosen) mounts an encore performance of his latest play at the always-innovative Woolly Mammoth Theatre after its runaway success last summer. Helmed by the company's artistic director Howard Shalwitz, this admittedly loose and frequently irreverent adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull follows a famous actress whose son, an aspiring theater director, wants make a name for himself on his own. But when his muse, the lovely Nina, falls for his mother's lover, all kinds of romantic and artistic disappointment ensue. Posner turns the original play's famous subtext into scenes and songs, calling Stupid F***ing Bird "a rough-and-tumble meta-theatrical mash-up." 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.