Fort Point Theatre Channel presents a workshop production of The Land, a new play by Jessica Litwak, a U.S. playwright, with Amir al-Azraki, an Iraqi playwright. A short discussion follows each performance.
The story for The Land merges the fantastic and the realistic as it moves across time and geography and traverses the worlds of the living and the dead. It is a tragic-comedy about two soldiers, one from Iraq and one from the U.S. Although both have been killed, they come to see the horror and humor of their lives while a gravedigger poet buries them.
As the gravedigger rushes through his job, they go over their lives, from history to religion to the women they love and will miss. They come to a reconciliation and are motivated to make peace in the afterlife. Meanwhile, their mothers, on opposite sides of the world, come to terms with sorrow, rage, and regret. They meet years later to ask each other: Is understanding possible? Is forgiveness possible? Is peace?
The Land is part of “Tamziq: Scattered and Connected,” a multifaceted collaboration of Middle Eastern and American artists organized and co-curated by FPTC’s Anne Loyer. “Tamziq” collaborators include the Odysseus Project and the Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences at UMass Boston.
- Thursday, May 16, 8 pm
- Friday, May 17, 8 pm
- Saturday, May 18, 7 pm & 9 pm
10 Channel Center Street, Fort Point, Boston
FREE Admission (donations accepted)
The Land features:
– Ahmad Maksoud as the gravedigger
– Lisa Caron Driscoll as an Iraqi mother
– Michael Dwan Singh as her son, an Iraqi freedom fighter
– Sally Nutt as an American mother
– Wilkinson Theodoris as her son, an American soldier
Anne Loyer, Production Designer
Marc S. Miller, Director
Jason E. Weber, Sound and Projection Designer
Hana Pegrimkova, Props, Masks
Ida Aronson, Lighting Designer
Meredith Magoun, Costume Designer
Erin Anderson, Makeup
Samual Lasman, Dramaturg
Sarah Asbury, Stage Manager