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Play Reading

13/06/17 7:00 pm

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The Mosaic Rooms are delighted to present the first reading of Maroon, a new play written by Hassan Abdulrazzak and directed by Chris White.

Maroon centres around a story about Scheherazade, a Lebanese woman, has been engaged for two years to Peter, her English boyfriend. Peter has been reluctant to take the next step and marry her. Now she is facing deportation after her visa has ran out. She doesn’t want to go back to Lebanon because of something deeply troubling that her politician father, Waled has done in the past. The couple are then visited by a mysterious kitchen salesman who turns their world upside down. This is a thriller that looks at the relationship between Lebanon, Israel and Palestine and asks the question whether the horrors of war can ever be truly comprehended by those who do not experience them.

Hassan Abdulrazzak is of Iraqi origin, born in Prague and living in London. He holds a PhD in molecular biology and has worked at Harvard and Imperial College. Hassan’s first play Baghdad Wedding, was staged at Soho Theatre in 2007 to great acclaim. It went on to have productions in Australia and India and was also broadcast on BBC Radio 3. His play The Prophet was performed at The Gate Theatre in 2012 and was based on extensive interviews in Cairo with revolutionaries and soldiers, journalists and cab drivers. More recently he was commissioned by the Kevin Spacey Foundation to write Dhow Under The Sun, a play for 35 young actors, which was staged in Sharjah, UAE (Jan 2015). His play Love, Bombs and Apples premiered at the Arcola theatre as part of the Shubbak festival, July 2015. It then had a full production at Arcola Theatre in 2016 as part of a UK national tour. His new play And Here I Am based on the life story of a Palestinian fighter turned artist will be part of Shubbak Festival 2017 and will be at the Arcola theatre from 3-8th July 2017.

Chris White is a freelance director specialising in international collaborations, Shakespeare and new writing. He is an Associate for the RSC, where he was assistant director before directing Trouble and Wonder in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and a performance of Henry IV Part One in the Houses of Parliament. He has led residencies and projects for the Education department in America, India, China and Singapore and recently directed The Head that Wears a Crown: a production based on Shakespeare’s Henry plays involving a large cast of young people performed in the RST. Last year he directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing, where the production now plays in repertoire. Next year he will direct Pericles in Colombo, in association with the British Council.


Image: World Press Photo of the Year 2006, © Spencer Platt, USA, Getty Images, Young Lebanese drive through devastated neighborhood of South Beirut.

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