U.S. Premiere of Mohamed Kacimi's Holy Land, About the Devastation of War, Begins April 18 in Manhattan

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18 Apr 2014

The U.S. premiere of French playwright Mohamed Kacimi's play Holy Land is presented April 18-May 10 at HERE in Manhattan.

Holy Land has been presented in Paris, Vienna, Prague, London, Milan, Jerusalem, Rio de Janeiro, Stockholm and Hamburg. The U.S. premiere features a translation by NY-based playwright Chantal Bilodeau and is presented by 3rd Kulture Kids.

Directed by Tracy Cameron Francis, the cast features Jojo Gonzalez, Sean Carvajal, Ana Grosse, Gil Perez-Abraham and Pia Haddad.

Here's how the work is billed: "Can we find humor and poetry in extreme situations? Mohamed Kacimi's compelling and entertaining Holy Land answers this question as five contemporary characters face the devastation of war. A city under siege…the landscape is dusty, devastated. Carmen has disappeared at a checkpoint; her daughter, Imen, must face a soldier's house search alone. In the house next door, Alia, a midwife, prepares her coffee as if nothing else matters while Yad, her husband, gets away from it all by smoking and drinking. The only hope seems to reside in Jesus: the cat. This dark and humorous story follows 5 characters hanging on to the banality of day-to-day life, at times to the point of insanity, as a way to transcend the atrocities of war."

The creative team includes Charles Coes (sound designer), Lisa Renee Jordan (costume designer), Sheryl Liu (set designer), Miguel Valderrama (lighting designer) and Laura Perez (stage manager).

Holy Land is an Equity Approved Showcase and is a part of SubletSeries@HERE, HERE's curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment as well as technical support.

HERE is located at 145 Avenue of the Americas. For more information and tickets, visit HERE.org.