2016-2017 Season

Spring 2017 LINEUP

Downtown Art
70 East 4th Street, NYC
Monday, May 15th @ 8pm
Tuesday, May 16th @ 7pm *

*A benefit performance, followed by a reception
Tickets can be purchased here.

Featuring: Playwrights Ghazi Albuwili, Mashuq Deen, Marcus Gardley, Winter Miller & Edessa Tailo; Directors Kareem Fahmy, Raelle Myrick Hodges, Johanna McKeon & Jose Zayas; Actors Erin Anderson, Hend Ayoub, Dahlia Azama, Nathanial Claridad, Darian Dauchan, Clea DeCrane, Dan Domingues,  Natalie Gold, Lanna Joffrey, KeiLyn Jones, Sharina Martin, Michele Rafic, Jon Norman Schneider & Kirya Traber.

48 Hour Forum: The PRocess

Watch last year's participating artists spin headlines into short, incisive plays.

3rd Annual

48 Hour Forum

May 15th & 16th, 2017

An audience favorite! Travel bans, refugee crises, civil wars, immigration, Syria. Current events steal the show at 48 Hour Forum, where a diverse roster of artists will rise to the challenge of spinning our most talked about news events into humorous, incisive "theatrical op-eds." Five playwrights, five directors, and a company of New York’s hottest actors gather over 48 hours in a race to create theater as fast as a news cycle.



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7th annual Highlight Reading Series

A play reading series that sheds light on the talents of playwrights of Middle-Eastern descent. 

Readings are free and take place in New York Theatre Workshop's 3rd Floor Rehearsal Studio: 83 East 4th Street. Please join us for refreshments after each readingRSVP@noortheatre.org.

Monday, September 26, 3pm & 7:30pm


By Ismail Khalidi
Directed By Charlotte Brathwaite
With Music By Hadi Eldebek

Featuring: Doug Chapman, Peter Ganim, Nadine Malouf, Rocco Sisto, Hadi Tabbal, and Chinaza Uche

Noor's first full length-play commission! Fleeing the famine-stricken mountains of Lebanon  during World War I, Nicola makes the journey to the U.S. Once there, he hopes to track down his relative Tanios who emigrated years before. Following information from an old letter, Nicola comes to Lakewood, a small town in the Deep South.  Finding few traces of his kin besides Tanios’ peddler cart and the conflicting information of townspeople, Nicola must ultimately navigate the treacherous lines, both real and imagined, of the Jim Crow South. Grappling with the legacies of white supremacy, immigration and assimilation, Dead Are My People is an unexpected journey to the core of American experience. Reserve your seat today: rsvp@noortheatre.org

Tuesday, November 15, 7:30pm


By Dalia Taha
Translated by Clem Naylor
Directed by Katie Pearl

Featuring Amr El-Bayoumi, Francis Benhamou, Caitlin Cassidy, Fajer Al-Kaisi, Marjan Neshat and Debargo Sanyal

In a Palestinian town, eleven year-old Lubna and twelve year-old Khalil are playing on the empty stairwell in their apartment block. As the siege intensifies outside, fear for their safety becomes as crippling as the conflict itself. Fireworks was first performed at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Sloane Square on February 12, 2015.

Tuesday, December 13, 7:30pm


By Heather Raffo
Directed By Joanna Settle

Featuring Dahlia Azama, Caitlin Cassidy, Peter Ganim, Fajer Al-Kaisi, Heather Raffo, and Logan Settle Rishard

Are we at home in our own family?  In our own country?  Noura, a new play by award wining playwright Heather Raffo, reflects the dilemma facing modern America: do we live for each other or for ourselves?   A complete re-imagining of Ibsen’s iconic Doll’s House, Noura delves into a modern marriage within an Iraqi immigrant family, challenging our notions of assimilation, feminism and motherhood.  White women in Missouri, Muslim men in Detroit, Latina women in the heart of the Midwest all say, “This play is about me”.

Raffo’s play was created after years of work in Arab American communities in NYC where she discussed A Doll’s House with Middle Eastern women who shared personal stories about how the play related to their own lives, bridging their cultural roots with their present circumstances.