September 11, 2013 at 7pm in the Granoff Center, Studio 1, 154 Angell Street, Providence
THE ISLAND is political drama at its best with political ideas embedded within the characters and their experience. It is universal in its themes - including the tragedy of those who anywhere in the world are unjustly imprisoned for purely political reasons, beliefs, or for simply speaking out against injustice. Gary M. English, Director
Jenin Freedom Theatre performs their interpretation of Athol Fugard’s, The Island. Established in 2006, the Freedom Theatre is a courageously independent cultural center in the Jenin Refugee Camp, Palestine that concentrates on theatre as an effective means of non-violent resistance to Israeli occupation by utilizing culture and creativity. It incorporates theatrical productions, a three-year acting school, and classes in filmmaking, photography, creative writing and multi-media projects.
About this production: The play was performed in Arabic when it opened in Jenin in March, 2013. It will be performed in English during the U.S. tour except for an Arabic language matinee on September 28. The two characters are played by Faisal Abu Alhayjaa and Ahmad Alrakh, both graduates of The Freedom Theatre’s Acting School who have toured in Europe with various Freedom Theatre productions.
The production at Brown is co-sponsored by the Creative Arts Council, Friends of Jenin, International Affairs, Middle East Studies, and the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies.