Sahar Speaks: Voices of Women from Afghanistan

May 28, 2019
Monday, October 7, 2019 - 4:30pm
Wexner Center for the Arts, Film/Video Theater
Image of a “Family Headed Home” Kabul, Afghanistan. by Thomas McClimans 2008 C.C. 2.0
This performance is a part of the opening day events for On the Front Lines: Performing Afghanistan and will consist of two premiere performances of one-act plays based on stories reported by Afghan women journalists on the ground. Playwrights Nushin Arbabzadah and Alia Bano adapted these works for the stage, giving a rare and revealing look into Afghan women’s lives. Following the performances, the playwrights, with invited guests, join the post-performance discussion with Lesley Ferris, Art and Humanities Distinguished Professor of Theatre at Ohio State University and other invited guests. Since 2016 Dr. Ferris, as Artistic Director of Palindrome Productions (London), commissioned and produced the first four plays for Sahar Speaks.  This event is free but we ask that you obtain a ticket through the Wexner Center.

On the Front Lines: Performing Afghanistan 

Supported by the Global Arts and Humanities Discovery Theme at The Ohio State University

These commissioned plays are part of a larger project to bring Afghan women’s voices to the public more prominently through storytelling and theatre. The project, On the Front Lines: Performing Afghanistan, is directed by Lesley Ferris, Art and Humanities Distinguished Professor of Theatre at Ohio State University. Palindrome Productions produced several of the plays in London prior to this project. The first three plays, are based on stories written for the Huffington Post by Afghan women journalists who completed training through Sahar Speaks.  Now Ohio State University is home to this project which will engage and build an intellectual community around the issues brought up in the plays.  

Presented by the Department of Theatre and the Middle East Studies Center with support from the Department of History, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC), the Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Middle East and Islamic Studies Service and Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute at the University Library.

 

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