Mona Mansour's Urge for Going Begins Public LAB Run March 25

News   Mona Mansour's Urge for Going Begins Public LAB Run March 25
The Public LAB world premiere of Mona Mansour's Urge for Going, about life within a Lebanese refugee camp, begins performances March 25.

Omid Abtahi and Tala Ashe
Omid Abtahi and Tala Ashe Photo by Carol Rosegg

Hal Brooks (No Child…) directs a cast that features Tala Ashe as Jamila, a young Palestinian girl living in a refugee camp, with Omid Abtahi (Jul), Jacqueline Antaramian (Abir), Ramsey Faragallah (Adham), Demosthenes Chrysan (Hamzi) and Ted Sod (Ghassan).

Urge for Going will officially open April 10 for a run through April 17. Mansour is a member of The Public’s Emerging Writers Group.

According to the Public, "Jamila, a 17-year-old Palestinian girl growing up in a Lebanese refugee camp, is desperate to escape the small and impoverished world she calls home but her greatest source of inspiration, her father, may also prove to be her biggest obstacle."

Urge for Going has scenic design by Jason Simms, costume design by Jenny Mannis, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau and music and sound design by Ryan Rumery and Christian Frederickson.

The Public will also host two post-performance panel discussions relating to the work. On April 5 "Palestinian Refugees in the Shifting Landscape of the Middle East" will feature playwright Mansour, Kate Seelye, Richard Cook and Sarah Leah Whitson; and on April 12 "Going Home: Israeli and Palestinian Homeland Narratives" will include Mansour, Dr. Bashir Abu-Manneh and Dr. Helga Tawil-Souri.

All Public LAB tickets are $15. Single tickets for Urge for Going go on sale Feb. 20. Phone (212) 967-7555 or visit PublicTheater.

The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.

Ramsey Faragallah and Tala Ashe
Ramsey Faragallah and Tala Ashe Photo by Carol Rosegg
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