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Join us for an evening of storytelling, bringing together three queer writers from the Middle East—Amahl Khouri, Dima Matta, and Abdullah AlKafri—with several members of NYC’s LGBTQ+ community. Inspired by both Dima Matta’s Beirut initiative Cliffhangers and Drae Campbell’s storytelling project TELL, this FREE event will feature truth-telling by:

Mariam Bazeed
Drae Campbell
Ryan Haddad
Amahl Khouri
Dima Matta
Pooya Mohseni
and others!

Friday, April 19 at 7:30pm
The Lark, 311 West 43rd Street, 5th floor

Please note that due to a high rate of no-shows for The Lark's free events, we intentionally overbook our studios, and patrons will be seated on a first-come first-served basis.

Leading up to this storytelling event, we hope you will join us at the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute for Arab Voices: Three New Plays in Translation on April 17 and 18.

April 17:In intimate storytelling mode, two Arab playwrights, Dima Matta and Amahl Khouri, each give readings of solo plays that explore gender identity and their experiences as LGBTQ women living in Europe and the Middle East.

April 18:In Damascus/Aleppoby Abdullah AlKafri (translated by Dima Matta), Ayman, a Syrian therapist, suspecting that his son is gay, has turned him out of the house. In trying to learn where his son has gone, he finds that not only his frame of mind, but his marriage and his work are deeply affected by his actions, and his life is forever changed.

Performances on both nights will be followed by conversations with the artists.

Curated by Catherine Coray.

Wednesday & Thursday, April 17-18 at 6pm
NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
19 Washington Square North