The Freedom Theatre visits USA

In November, The Freedom Theatre from Jenin Refugee Camp, occupied Palestine, is coming to New York, Dearborn/Detroit and the Bay Area. Nabil Al-Raee, Artistic Director, and Alia Alrosan, Theatre School student, will participate in a range of meetings and events.

Earlier this year, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. presented Al-Raee as part of a panel discussion entitled World Stages: Recasting Home, Conflict, Refugees, and Theater. In the fall of 2015, The Freedom Theatre will have a two-week residency at the prestigious Public Theater (www.publictheater.org)  in New York City, bringing its production Suicide Note from Palestine (www.thefreedomtheatre.org)  to the U.S. The tour will be hosted by The Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre (USA). It follows a highly successful US tour of the theatre's adaptation of the South African apartheid-era drama The Island (www.thefreedomtheatre.org)  in 2013.

This visit in November is a preparation for the 2015 tour, and includes the following public events:

Monday, November 3, 4–5:30 pm
NYU Department of English
244 Greene Street, ground floor

The NYU Department of English and The Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre present Nabil Al-Raee, Artistic Director of The Freedom Theatre in Jenin, Occupied Palestine, who will speak about the role of the actor in cultural resistance. Nabil is joined by Alia Alrosan, a student at The Freedom Theatre School. Videos and slides of recent productions will be shown.

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Saturday, November 8, at 5-7 pm
Arab American National Museum
Lower Level Auditorium
13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn

Art Knows No Boundaries: Artistic Director Nabil Al-Raee and acting student Alia Alrosan from The Freedom Theatre will appear at the AANM to discuss their important work. With personal narratives and film clips, Al-Raee and Alrosan will explain how The Freedom Theatre is enabling the youth of the camp to resist military occupation and oppression. Through free workshops in theatre and multimedia, young people learn new skills, express their own ideas and develop the self-confidence to think independently.

Read more and register (www.arabamericanmuseum.org).

Tuesday November 11, 6:45pm
Kehilla Community Synagogue
1300 Grand Avenue, Piedmont

Jewish Voice for Peace Bay Area (JVPBA) and Kehilla Community Synagogue’s Middle East Peace Committee invite you to listen to Artistic Director, Nabil Al-Raee, and drama student, Alia Alrosan, report on their important work. This fundraiser helps lay the groundwork and raises the necessary funds for a historic U.S. tour, in the fall of 2015, of a new play: ‘Suicide Note from Palestine (www.thefreedomtheatre.org) .’

Suggested donation: $20 (no one turned away)

Thursday, November 13, 7-9 pm
La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley
Benefit for The Freedom Theatre
co-sponsored by Middle East Children's Alliance Sliding Scale $10-15

What is an artist of resistance? Nabil Al-Raee, The Freedom Theatre's Artistic Director, and Alia Alrosan, Theatre School student, will talk about their experiences working in a center of cultural resistance in a refugee camp. There will be some short clips of films produced by the multimedia section of the Theatre.

More information about the event -> lapena.org.

Nabil Al-Raee was born and raised in Aroub Refugee Camp in the Hebron hills of Palestine. In the 90’s Nabil joined Theatre Day Productions, a theatre company in Hebron. He finished his professional training there and then continued to study theatre abroad and train others, until he joined The Freedom Theatre in 2007, at the invitation of its co-founder Juliano Mer-Khamis. After Mer-Khamis was murdered in 2011, Nabil stepped in as artistic director of The Freedom Theatre. Read more (www.thefreedomtheatre.org) .

Alia Alrosan is from Nablus. She was the coordinator for the Freedom Bus (www.thefreedomtheatre.org) project, and then joined The Freedom Theatre School (www.thefreedomtheatre.org)  to train as an actor. Alia says that under occupation “our spirit has shrunk. But theatre makes us appreciate life. Being really alive means making decisions about your life. I believe in humanity. I refuse to say that occupation is my only reality. This is the first time in my life I feel like I’m in the right place for me and my people.” Read more at www.thefreedomtheatre.org.

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About the Freedom Theatre
The Freedom Theatre is a theatre and cultural centre in Jenin Refugee Camp, occupied Palestine. Convinced that the arts have a crucial role to play in building a free and healthy society, The Freedom Theatre offers activities in performing arts and multimedia, including acting, psychodrama, filmmaking, photography and creative writing. The Freedom Theatre was established in 2006 by among others Juliano Mer-Khamis, who was the theatre's General Director until April 2011, when he was assassinated by an unknown enemy of culture and freedom.
Read more at www.thefreedomtheatre.org

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