The Veiled Monologues, is described in press notes as "a vital, surprising, and poetic portrait of love and relationships under Islam. After acting in a production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, Roosen approached Muslim women living in the Netherlands to ask similar questions. She wove into twelve penetrating monologues the collected testimonies of over 70 women she interviewed from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Somalia, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq. In their conversations with Roosen, the women spoke candidly about intimacy, sexuality and love. Each monologue is imbued with deep feeling and delicate detail."
Inspired by Roosen's interviews with 13 men in Holland who were convicted of honor killings, Is.Man "reveals the secretive world, complex motivations and feelings behind honor killings in Muslim families. A heartbreaking, fictionalized story about three generations of Muslim men," press notes state, "Is. Man evokes layers of Islamic culture through storytelling, video and live music. At the center of Is. Man is 'namus,' a notion of honor for a man and his family that refers to the sexual integrity of the women in the family. If namus is lost in the eyes of the community, it must be restored, in grave cases, by murder or forced suicide, ordered by a father, grandfather or uncle and implemented by a son, brother or cousin, often in collusion with the mothers and aunts."
Following the Oct. 7 performances, a panel discussion, covering topics including immigrant life, religion as well as assimilation in Europe and the U.S., will feature Lena Alhusseini (executive director, The Arab American Family Support Center), Dalia Mogahed (executive eirector, Muslim Studies, The Gallup Institute), Adelheid Roosen (writer and director, The Veiled Monologues and Is.Man), Sheikh Reda Assayyid Shata (Imam and lecturer, Masjid Al-Aman/Islamic Society) and Jack Shaheen (filmmaker). The panel will be moderated by Andrea Elliott, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The New York Times.
The Veiled Monologues will offer performances Oct. 5 at 8 PM; Oct. 6 at 7 PM; Oct. 7 at 4:30 PM; Oct. 9 at 8 PM; Oct. 12 at 9:30 PM; Oct. 13 at 7 PM; and Oct. 14 at 2 PM.
Is.Man will play Oct. 6 at 9:30 PM; Oct. 7 at 2 PM; Oct. 10 at 8 PM; Oct. 11 at 8 PM; Oct. 12 at 7 PM; Oct. 13 at 9:30 PM; and Oct. 14 at 4:30 PM. Tickets to The Veiled Monologues and Is.Man at St. Ann's Warehouse, 38 Water St. (between Main and Dock St.) in Brooklyn, New York, are available by calling (718) 254-8779 or online at artsatstanns.org.