NORMAN – The Helmerich School of Drama will present The Voices from a Changing Middle East Festival Tour Friday through Sunday, Feb.2-4, at the University of Oklahoma. The event showcases three works that serve Mosaic Theater Company’s mission of “making transformational, socially relevant art [by] producing plays by authors on the front lines of conflict zones [to build] a fusion community to address some of the most pressing issues of our times.”
Included in the festival are performances of I Shall Not Hate, adapted by Izzeldin Abuelaish and Shay Pitovsky and performed in the Weitzenhoffer Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Wrestling Jerusalem by Aaron Davidman, screening in Meacham Auditorium of Oklahoma Memorial Union at 3 p.m. Sunday; and Via Dolorosa by David Hare, performed in the Weitzenhoffer Theatre at 3 p.m. Sunday. All three plays explore conflict occurring between Israel and Palestine.
Mosaic Theater Company of DC founding artistic director Ari Roth brings with him to the OU performance Palestinian-Israeli actor Gassan Abbas (I Shall Not Hate), actor and playwright Aaron Davidman (Wrestling Jerusalem) and actor David Bryan Jackson (Via Dolorosa), as well as playwright David Hare (Via Dolorosa), technical and design director Max Doolittle, and projections operator and translator Sivan Atzmon.
Tickets are $20 to the public and $10 for OU faculty, staff and students. Faculty, staff and students also have the option of buying a package with tickets to all three shows for $20 until 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 1. Single tickets will go on sale an hour ®before every show. Patrons should expect to pay cash for a single ticket to the screening of Wrestling Jerusalem. Call the OU Fine Arts Box Office at (405) 325-4101 to reserve your tickets. For accommodations, please call (405) 325-4101.
Friday, February 2 @ 8PM | I SHALL NOT HATE | Post Show Discussion
Saturday, February 3 @ 3PM | WRESTLING JERUSALEM | Post Show Discussion
Saturday, February 3 @ 8PM | I SHALL NOT HATE | Peace Café
Sunday, February 4 @ 3PM | VIA DOLOROSA | Post Show Discussion