written by John Rwothomack and Fidaa Zidan, developed with Alex Aron
RTP’s next production is a new work from 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. We journey into the history of these characters through prisons in three countries (Uganda, Palestine, UK) . Through their intersecting lives, we delve into the history of these independent nations and cultures.
Lines is being developed with RTP’s Artistic Director, Alexandra Aron, working remotely through zoom. Workshops are scheduled for Dec. 2020 in England, August 2021 in Palestine and a world premiere is planned for November 2021 at the Kampala International Theatre Festival. Lines will premiere in the US in 2022.
Remote Theater Project: East Africa
(R & D)
Working with Tebere Arts Foundation in Kampala, Uganda, RTP will gather artists from five countries Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania to create a new theater pieces that reflects on the relationship of East African to the US.
GREY ROCK written and directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi
“…building a rocket is also a clear allegory for making art, for creating something so extraordinary that the whole world must notice.” – Alexis Soloski, The New York Times, 2018
In 2018, the Remote Theater Project commissioned a new play by Amir Nizar Zuabi, one of the leading theater directors and playwrights in the Middle East. Together we reached out to Palestinian actors throughout the West Bank and Israel to create an acting ensemble for the project.
Set in the present day, Grey Rock tells the story of a young Palestinian so enamored with the 1969 American moon landing that he muses, “shouldn’t Palestine, the land of prophets, also have a presence on the moon?” Without money or technology, but with the help of his bemused West Bank neighbors, he sets out to build a space shuttle. Grey Rock explores the influence that America has had on Palestinian culture.
Actors were invited into the project after auditions in four cities: Jenin, Ramallah, Haifa and Bethlehem. A select group participated in a series of developmental workshops throughout 2018. The final cast of 5: Khalifa Natour, Ivan Azazian, Fidaa Zidan, Alaa Shehada and Motaz Malhees came in New York and performed at LaMaMa Theatre Jan, 2019. The same cast performed GREY ROCK at the Melbourne International Arts Festival in 2019 and returned to the US for a 5-week tour including The Kennedy Center, The Public Theatre/ Under the Radar, The Guthrie Theatre and the Kimmel Center.
All performances were in English, and each venue included post-production discussions in English and Arabic.