written by John Rwothomack and Fidaa Zidan, developed with Alex Aron
RTP’s next production is a new work from playwright Asiimwe Deborah Kawe and actor/writers John Rwothomack (UK/Uganda) and Fidaa Zidan (Palestine). Since February 2020, Rwothomack and Zidan have been collaborating on a play that examines the relationships between their two countries, Uganda and Palestine, both having been powerfully influenced by Britain as part of its colonial empire.
A Palestinian woman has an accidental encounter with a Ugandan man in the Old City of Jerusalem, that changes the outcome of their lives. Through their intersecting lives, we delve into the history of these independent nations and cultures. LINES will premiere in NYC in 2023 after an intensive workshop at Tebere Arts Centre in Kampala, Uganda in November 2023.
THE UNRAVELING by Nushin Arbabzadah
Afghan-American playwright, Arbabzadah is writing a new family drama examining the complex impacts of American occupation on young Afghani women after the Taliban takeover in August 2021. Through a story of a family in Afghanistan that is both intimate and mythic, in the style of Greek-drama, American audiences will be challenged to think critically and empathetically about our role in the global landscape. A workshop production of this piece will take place in New York City in 2023.