Saïd's Solo Play, Palestine, Concludes New York Run April 3

News   Saïd's Solo Play, Palestine, Concludes New York Run April 3 The extended world premiere of Najla Saïd's Palestine ends its Off-Broadway engagement April 3 at the New York Theatre Workshop's 4th Street Theatre.
Palestine star Najla Sa
Palestine star Najla Sa Photo by Sturgis Warner

NYTW and Twilight Theatre presented the solo play about the dichotomy of being Arab and American. Previews began Feb. 6 and the drama officially opened Feb. 17. Twilight artistic director Sturgis Warner directed the play in which Saïd "makes a case for Palestinian and Arab points of view in ways that truly allow them to be heard. Raised in privilege on New York City's Upper West Side (where many of her best friends were Jewish) Ms. Saïd was forced as a teenager to take a family trip to the Middle East to visit her father's homeland. Anorexic and depressed, obsessed with boys and the beach, her experiences nevertheless kindled a life-long exploration of what it means to be both Arab and American. Ms. Saïd takes audiences on a whirlwind tour from kissing Jewish boys to what she describes as 'the stench of Gaza,' through two wars, the horrors of 9/11, encounters with world figures including Yasser Arafat, and life with her beloved father. Edward Saïd, was a professor at Columbia University and, until his death in 2003, a worldwide spokesman for Palestine and the Middle East."

Palestine has set and costume design by Meghan E. Healey and lighting design by Ben Stanton.

Saïd has appeared on stage in Nine Parts of Desire and Prophecy. She is a founding member of Nibras Arab-American Theatre Collective.

NYTW's 4th Street Theatre is located at 83 East 4th Street between Second Avenue and Bowery.

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