EVENT: Tennis in Nablus

A staged reading of Tennis in Nablus, written by playwright and poet Ismail Khalidi and directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar. Introduction of the evening given by James Schamus.

This “tragipoliticomedy” was nominated for a Suzi Bass Award for Best New Play and awarded the Quest for Peace Award from the Kennedy Center.

Set in Nablus in the spring of 1939, Tennis in Nablus, brings to life the last days of the Arab Revolt as the people of Palestine attempt for one last time to drive out the British. With both deep passion and bold comedy, it is a genre bending look at Palestine’s embattled status through the eyes of Yusef, an unflagging rebel, his wife, Anbara who is an indefatigable writer of anti-colonial tracts and his ambitious young nephew, Tariq. As their world ignites absurdly around them, this divided family faces their own demons as they seek to achieve peace and freedom with dignity.

Co-presented by: Columbia University School of the Arts, the Center for Palestine Studies, the Heyman Center for Humanities, the Middle East Institute of Columbia University and Alwan for the Arts.

Thursday, 4 October 2012, 6:30PM
Miller Theater, 116 Street & Broadway

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