Sundance Institute has announced the eight artists and projects that have been selected for the inaugural theatre development lab in Morocco. The program, which will take place in May, is part of the Institute’s cultural exchange initiative, which includes a commitment to support artists from the Middle East and North Africa.
Previously hosted in Utah, the Lab has provided support and development to such acclaimed Broadway musicals as Fun Home and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, as well as new works Circle Mirror Transformation, ToasT, Appropriate and many more.
The projects and artists selected for the Morocco Lab are Sarah Kane’s Crave, adapted and directed by Marion Lécrivain, translated by Zakaria Alilech; Eve’s Song by Patricia Ione Lloyd, directed by Timothy Douglas; Happy New Fear, written and performed by Rima Najdi with audio-visual design by Ana Nieves Moya and direction by Mark Brokaw; Anna Akkash’s Them; Max Posner’s The Treasurer, directed by David Cromer; Verveling (Boredom), choreographed and directed by Amar Al-Bojrad, composed by Guy Van Nueten and performed by Sheila Rojas; White Lightning by Sam Marks with direction by Kip Fagan; and Wild Goose Dreams by Hansol Jung, directed by Leigh Silverman.
Taking place at the Fellah Hotel, in collaboration with Dar al-Ma'mûn, Sundance will provide transportation, rehearsal space, dramaturgical support and an acting company for artists to experiment and develop their work. The Lab culminates in a closed presentation of each project for Lab participants, followed by a collaborative feedback session.
"With a spirit of experimentation and exchange at the core of our work, we hope our support for artists in the Middle East and North Africa will help the most interesting voices reach a global audience," said actor, director and producer Robert Redford, also the president and founder of Sundance Institute, in an earlier press statement.
The Lab is under the supervision of Sundance Institute Theatre Program artistic director Philip Himberg and producing director Christopher Hibma and led by Middle East/North Africa manager Jumana Al-Yasiri.
In addition to the Morocco Lab, the Institute will offer six artists the opportunity for early development at the new Theatre-Makers residency at the Sundance Resort in Utah in June 2016. The program joins other theatre initiatives such as the theatre directors retreat in Arles, France, and the writers playwrights studio at Flying Point. For more information on all initiatives and the Sundance Institute Theatre program, visit Sundance/Theatre.