Highlight Reading Series History

Highlight is a fall reading series designed to showcase the work of playwrights of Middle Eastern descent. Now in it’s 6th season, Highlight has featured the work of such award-winning playwrights as Mona Mansour, Yussef El Guindi and Heather Raffo. Several plays included in this popular series have gone on to have productions at the Humana Festival, Portland Center Stage, and Here.


1st Annual Highlight Reading Series

Fall 2010

September 13th

Forgotten Bread

Written by Sevan Greene
Directed by Johanna McKeon

With Noel Allain, Jacqueline Antaramian, Kim Morgan Dean, Ramsey Faragallah, Sevan Kaloustian Greene, Piter Marek, Michele Rafic, Peter Sabri, Sona Tatoyan, Tamar Vezirian, and Audra Wahhab

October 18th

Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes

Written by Yussef El Guindi
Directed by Pippin Parker

With David Wilson Barnes, Peter Ganim, Daoud Heidami, Jenny Seastone Stern, Emily Swallow & Michelle Vanegas

November 15th

The Hour of Feeling

Written by Mona Mansour
Directed by Sharon Lennon

With Maria Cellario, Dan Coleman, Ramsey Faragallah, Peter Ganim, Polly Lee, Piter Marek, and Rasha Zammamiri

 

December 13th

Fit for the Queen: A Tragicomedy

Written by Betty Shamieh
Directed by Lisa Peterson

With Kathleen Chalfant, Demosthenes Chrysan, Lanna Joffrey, Laith Nakli, Michele Rafic, Ariel Shafir, Ted Sod, and Rasha Zamamiri


2nd Annual Highlight Reading series

Fall 2011

September 19th

I Am Yusef and This is My Brother

By Amir Nizar Zuabi
Directed by Erin Mee

With Sevan Greene, Kathryn Kates, Marjan Neshat, Jesse Presler, Ryan Shams, Ted Sod, Babek Tafti and Sona Tatoyan

November 14th

The Strangest

By Betty Shamieh
Directed by May Adrales

With Barzin Akhavan, Jacqueline Antaramian, Amir Arison, Ruba Audeh, Ramsey Faragallah, Andrew Guilarte, Lana Joffrey, and Daniel Pierce.

December 5th

Baba

Written and performed by
Denmo Ibrahim

Directed by Isis Saratial Misdary


3rd annual highlight reading series

Fall 2012

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November 12th

The Prophet

By Hassan Abdul Razzak
Directed by Kareem Fahmy

With Barzin Akhavan, Leila Buck, Ramsey Faragallah, Adi Hanash, and Laura Piquado

Co-presented with The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater


4th Annual Highlight Reading Series

Fall 2013

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September 23

Sabra Falling

By Ismail Khalidi
Directed by Noelle Ghoussaini

With Leila Buck, Demosthenes Chrysan, Gamze Ceylan, Laith Nakli, Ariel Shafir, Hadi Tabbal and Sheila Vand

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October 7th

THE SHADOW SPIRIT

Ibn Daniyal Trilogy

Translation By Dr. Safi Mahfouz And Dr. Marvin Carlson
Directed By Lisa Peterson

With Fajer Al-Kaisi, Maha Chehlaoui, Demosthenes Chrysan, Michael Crane, Kathryn Grody, Heather Raffo

November 18th

HOUSE OF STRENGTH

By Rahaleh Nassri
Directed By Sarna Lapine

With Barzin Akhavan, Fajer Al-Kaisi, Tala Ashe, Yair Ben-Dor, Demosthenes Chrysan, Ariya Ghahramani, Sarah Nina Hayon, Kathryn Kates, Leyla Modirzadeh, Alex Morf, Al Nazemian, Matt Saldivar, Babak Tafti and Alok Tewari


5th Annual Highlight Reading Series

Fall 2014

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September 15th

Threesome

By Yussef El Guindi
Directed by Johanna McKeon

With Amir Arison, Erik Jensen and Lameece Issaq

 

October 7th

WHAT HAPPENED TO NOURA?

By Nine Courageous Women At Queens College
Edited By Heather Raffo
Directed By Maha Chehlaoui

With Tala Ashe, Dahlia Azama, Veracity Butcher, Caitlin Cassidy, Amr El-Bayoumi, Sade Namei, Jamie Rezanour, Sarah Sakaan, Dina Shihabi, Pascale Seigneurie and Heather Raffo

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November 18th

The Vagrant

By Mona Mansour
Directed by Mark Wing-Davey

With Aaron Costa Ganis, Ramsey Faragallah, Marianna McLellan, Daniel Pearce, Jamie Rezanour, Cara Seymour, Hadi Tabbal and Rasha Zamamiri

December 9th

Behfarmaheen (If You Please)

Written and Performed by Barzin Akhavan
Directed by Shana Gold

With Fajer Al Kaisi


6th Annual Highlight Reading Series

Fall 2015

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September 29th

TAHA

By Amer Hlehel
Directed By Jessica Blank

With Dariush Kashani & Rasha Zamamiri

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October 12th

NAHDA: FIVE VISIONS OF AN ARAB AWAKENING

By Sevan K. Greene
Directed By Johanna McKeon

With Fajer Al-Kaisi, Caleb Bark, Rendah Heywood, Lameece Issaq & Rasha Zamamiri

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November 17th

BROTHER GARY

By Ramiz Monsef
Directed By Pirronne Yousefzadeh

With Josh Bonzie, Michael Crane, RJ Foster, Peter Ganim, Megan Hill, Aaron Lynn and Larry Powell

December 8th

OH MY SWEET LAND

By Amir Nizar Zuabi
Directed By Shana Gold

With Jacqueline Antaramian