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News Portaits of Four Arab Women, The Black Eyed, Begins Off-Broadway Four Arab women are at the center of Betty Shamieh's The Black Eyed, which begins previews July 17 at New York Theatre Workshop.

Sam Gold directs the 90-minute, intermissionless work, which opens July 31 at the company's home stage at 79 East 4th Street for a run through Aug. 19.

NYTW presents the newest play from Roar playwright Shamieh that "depicts four Arab women from across the ages who meet in the afterlife," according to an announcement. The women include "the Biblical Delilah, a modern suicide bomber, a victim of medieval Christian crusaders and a contemporary, secular Arab-American."

The cast features Aysan Celik (as Aiesha), Lameece Issaq (Tamam), Jeanine Serralles (Architect) and Emily Swallow (Delilah).

The design team comprises Paul Steinberg (scenic), Gabriel Berry (costume), Jane Cox (lighting) and Darron L West (sound). The production stage manager is Rachel Zack.

Playwright Shamieh authored the play Territories — which will enjoy its world premiere this season where Black Eyed also debuted in 2005, at the Magic Theatre. Other plays include Again and Against, The Machine, Chocolate in Heat as well as Roar — which played Off-Broadway at The New Group starring Annabella Sciorra and Sarita Choudhury. The NYTW season began with Rinde Eckert's Horizonand will continue with productions of The Misanthrope directed by Ivo van Hove; JoAnne Akalaitis directing Mikhail Baryshnikov in short plays by Samuel Beckett; Things of Dry Hours by Naomi Wallace; and the Elevator Repair Service's staging of The Sound and the Fury.

Tickets for The Black Eyed at NYTW, 79 East 4th Street (between Second Ave. and Bowery), are available by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information visit the website at www.nytw.org.

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