A new play created by Asiimwe Deborah Kawe, Junaid Sarieddeen (Lebanon), Fidaa Zidan (Palestine), John Rwothomack (Uganda), and producer Alex Aron (U.S.)
RTP's latest commission will premiere in NYC in Jan. 2024
Asiimwe Deborah Kawe is an award-winning playwright, producer, and performer. She is the founding Producing Artistic Director of Tebere Arts Foundation and the Artistic Director of the Kampala International Theatre Festival. Ms. Kawe worked with the Sundance Theatre Program, leading the East Africa initiative for six years, dividing her time between New York and Kampala. She received a B. A. in Theatre from Makerere University, in Kampala-Uganda, and an M.F.A. in Writing for Performance from the California Institute of the Arts. She’s currently one of the playwrights in residency at The Residenz Theater in Munich.
Junaid Sarieddeen is a theatre actor, director, dramaturge, founding member of Beirut-based Zoukak Theatre Company (2006) and member of the Sundance board of trustees (2019-2022). He has directed several theatre plays with Zoukak and other artists and performed in more than 30 productions in the past 22 years, touring in multiple cities and festivals around the world. He holds a BA in Theatre, a BA in Philosophy, and a Masters in Research in Theatre.
Fidaa Zidan is a Palestinian actress and writer from the Galilee region of Palestine. She received a B.A. in Social Theater from Haifa University, and an MFA from Tel-Aviv University. Recent performance credits include: THE WALK WITH AMAL (puppeteer, Turkey, Europe, UK, and New York), Amir Nizar Zuabi’s GREY ROCK (New York, US, and Australia), AGAINST A HARD SURFACE (Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre), WEST OF US THE SEA, THE STONE IS OUR SIGN by Dian Traivs, THE FREEDOM BUS (The Freedom Theatre), MIRE (a musical, Faraj Suliman, Amir Nizar Zuabi). She wrote and performed in her own production, THE LAST DAY OF SPRING. Filmography includes Polygraph and Another Point of View.
Currently, Zidan is working on her next solo, LINES (Remote Theater Project) and teaching Spoken Word at the Freedom Theatre Drama School.
John Rwothomack is an Uganda-born, London-trained, and Sheffield-bred and based actor and director. As an artist, John aims to bring African stories and culture to the canvas of theatre. Training: Rose Bruford; Acting: I WONDER IF... (Young Vic Theatre, 2022), FAR GONE (Sheffield Theatres 2022 UK tour & Theatre Deli Sheffield 2019), H&P, ON MISSING, (The Cockpit Theatre, London 2019), Dr Bupe, TALES FROM THE PLAYGROUND, (Paper Finch Theatre, Sheffield 2018), Priest, THE DEVIL IN MARY (short film York, 2017), Witch Doctor, THE EMPEROR JONES, (The Lost Theatre, London 2016), John Blanke, THE LOW ROAD, (Stratford Circus, London 2015); Playwright: FAR GONE; Director: BAD BLOOD BLUES (Theatre Deli, 2018), ALLY (short film, 2020); Assistant Director: THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND (Sheffield Theatres, 2020), WHITE NOISE (The Bridge Theatre, 2021).
*All photo credits except Kawe's headshot to Smart Banda.