Fall 2017 LINEUP
8th annual Highlight Reading Series
A play reading series that sheds light on the talents of playwrights of Middle-Eastern descent.
All HIGHLIGHT readings will take place in New York Theatre Workshop's 3rd Floor Rehearsal Studio: 83 East 4th Street. Please join us for refreshments after each reading, courtesy of our sponsors, Lagunitas Brewing Company and Manousheh. RSVP@noortheatre.org.
Tuesday, September 26th @ 7:30 PM
By Houssein Almoreey
Directed by Kate Moore heaney
A story with many starts and one ending. The story of the first protests that took place in Syria against a brutal regime. Wooden boxes that open on possibilities of hope and or violent crackdown. Tombs, prisons, and terrified states of minds, the boxes are arranged throughout the Syrian uprising and the lives of its rebels. Wooden Boxes is dedicated to the Syrian revolution and its revolutionaries Razan Zaitouneh, Samera Al Khalil, Fadwa Suliman, and many other noble icons of the Syrian revolution.
Tuesday, October 10th @ 7:30 PM
By Melis Aker
Directed by Kim Kerfoot
Avery and his Iranian partner Parastoo struggle with the looming figure of their sperm donor Reza, who is somehow mysteriously connected to two pilots in flight. 330 Pegasus explores what it means to have cultural and genetic ownership over one's heritage, identity, and body in a world defined by subtle mythology, uncanny mishaps, love letters, silent landlords, and other such bad omens.
Tuesday, November 14th @ 7:30 PM
By Sylvia Khoury
Directed by Gaye Taylor upchurch
Taroon once served as an interpreter for the United States military in Afghanistan. Now the Americans – and their promises of safety – are gone, and Taroon spends his days in his sister Afiya’s apartment, hiding from the increasingly powerful Taliban. Desperate to escape with his wife and newborn son, Taroon must navigate a country left in upheaval, in which everyone must fend for themselves and few can be trusted.
Tuesday, December 12th @ 7:30 PM
You, the fire, and me
By sevan K. Greene
Directed by Ed Sylvanus iskandar
Tommy, Jules, and Omer are tired of their worlds, their countries, their governments, and their families. They're tired of being invisible. They're tired of being disenfranchised. They're tired of being no one. And as they've found a supportive family with one another they've found the solution to their problems: Joining ISIS. A coming-of-age story for a new generation, You, the Fire, and Me asks how far you would go to have your voice heard and to finally be seen as someone rather than just anyone.
Spring 2018 LINEUP
48 Hour Forum
May 19 - 23, 2018
We're thrilled to be teaming up with the Lark for the second time to present this headline-inspired festival. Five playwrights, five directors, and twenty actors will gather to create five short plays in just 48-hours based on the news of the day. Playwrights Michele Lowe, Amina Henry, Sevan K. Greene and Melisa Tien are among the 30 artists joining this year. Stay tuned for more details!