Zuaiter Joins Off-Broadway's Masked Oct. 2

News   Zuaiter Joins Off-Broadway's Masked Oct. 2 Waleed F. Zuaiter joins the Off-Broadway company of Ilan Hatsor's critically acclaimed drama Masked for a limited five-week engagement Oct. 2.
Waleed F. Zuaiter
Waleed F. Zuaiter

Zuaiter's credits include Mother Courage with Meryl Streep at the Delacorte and the Broadway production of Sixteen Wounded. He also portrays Adnan Hamdani, the best friend to Saddam Hussein, in the upcoming HBO/BBC miniseries "Between Two Rivers." The actor replaces Masked cast member Daoud Heidami, who is currently on leave to film a movie with Adam Sandler. Zuaiter will remain with the company through Nov. 4.

Zuaiter joins original Masked cast members Sanjit DeSilva and Arian Moayed in Hatsor's award-winning play about three Palestinian brothers. The play, press notes state, "tackles the cultural divide at the heart of the Middle East conflict. Masked depicts the tragedy of one family torn between obligations, kinship, principles and survival. It is the first play by an Israeli playwright about the Intifada (Palestinian uprising)."

Translated by Michael Taub, Masked is directed by Ami Dayan. Rounding out the creative team are scenic designers Wilson Chin (Dark Matters, The Dear Boy) and Aleksandra Maslik, costume designer Jennifer Caprio (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Striking 12) and lighting designer Thom Weaver (Thrill Me, King Headley II).

Playwright Ilan Hatsor was born and raised in Israel. He is a graduate of the Tel Aviv University Theatre Department, where he teaches acting and dramatic writing. His play Masked has won various prizes, including the prestigious Best Play Prize at the Akko Theatre Festival. Other plays by Hatsor include Hey-Rimona, State Controller, Jako, The White Heart, Sacred Task, Poker, The Interrogation, Small Talk and War Over the House.

Masked offers Urgent Conversations, a talkback series that takes place three times a week. Community leaders, religious leaders, influential writers, journalists, experts in conflict resolution, activists and members of the creative team take part in the various evenings. Tickets for Masked, priced $35.50-$55.50, are available through Telecharge (212) 239-6200 or by going to www.Telecharge.com

For further information visit www.MaskedThePlay.com.