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A Reading of a Play by 
Amir al-Azraki


presented by

Fort Point Theatre Channel

The Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences

The Odysseus Project

The Center for Arabic Culture


8 pmThursday, June 25, 2015

Midway Studios, Channel Center St., Boston


Free and open to all!


(Boston, MA 02210) The Widow: a reading of a play by Amir al-Azraki; co-presented by Fort Point Theatre Channel, the Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences, the Odysseus Project, and the Center for Arabic Culture. Staged reading on Thursday, June 25 at 8 pm. Free and open to all. Midway Studios, 15 Channel Center Street, Fort Point, Boston. For information, http://www.fortpointtheatrechannel.org/widow  


Fort Point Theatre Channel is pleased to present the first U.S. reading of Amir al-Azraki's The Widow. The play had its world premiere last year as part of the SummerWorks festival in Toronto, Canada.


The Widow addresses an essential issue: the subjugation of widows in Iraq. Instead of an harmonious society, Iraq is replete with horror stories about violations against widows and divorced women. Al-Azraki depicts the fragile social construct that widowhood has become in this context by revealing the hypocrisy of the so called "Islamic" societies where women are severely victimized by patriarchal ideas, traditional norms, and religious prejudices.


Nour, a widow from the 2003 Iraq War, initiates an affair with an outspoken young teacher, Samir. After receiving threats from a religious militia group, Samir flees Iraq, leaving Nour to deal with all of the consequences. As a jobless refugee in Canada, Samir returns to Nour in Iraq despite his family's warnings.


The reading features Nick Arditti, Kippy Goldfarb, Bari Robinson, Kria Sakakeeny, Mason Sand, and Michael Dwan Singh.


Amir Al-Azraki, born in Basra and now living in Toronto, received a BA from the University of Basra, a MA from Baghdad University, and a PhD in theatre studies from York University, Toronto. During the first years of the Iraq War, al-Azraki, in addition to teaching English drama at the University of Basra, worked as a fixer and translator for such international news outlets as The New York Times and The Dallas Morning News, later working for Al Mirbad TV and Radio run by the BBC World Service Trust. He developed a collaboration of the University of Basra, the Central School of Speech and Drama, and the University of London on "Transforming the Learning Environment Through Forum Theatre: Developing a Basra University Model." Among his plays areStuck, Notorious Women, Lysistrata in Iraq, Home Woes, and Judgement Day. Previously, Fort Point Theatre Channel, the Odysseus Project, and the Joiner Institute have presented readings of several of his plays, as well as a workshop production ofThe Land, by Jessica Litwak, with al-Azraki.


Fort Point Theatre Channel (www.fortpointtheatrechannel.org)

Fort Point Theatre Channel is dedicated to creating and sustaining new configurations of the performing arts. FPTC brings together an ensemble of artists from the worlds of theater, music, visual arts, and everything in between as a forum for collaborative expression while enriching the Fort Point community, Boston, and beyond. FPTC serves as an anchor for the Fort Point arts community, but also enjoys presenting their material in various venues throughout the city.


The William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences(www.umb.edu/joinerinstitute):

The William Joiner Institute, established in 1982 at UMass Boston, conducts research and training and educates students and the public about the social and health consequences of war, provides technical support to outreach programs for veterans and others affected by war, and engages in international dialogues and exchanges on the issues of war and reconciliation.


The Center for Arabic Culture (www.cacboston.org)

The Center for Arabic Culture is a nonprofit organization incorporated in Massachusetts in 2006. The CAC is dedicated to celebrating the Arabic culture in all of its regional and historical varieties. We promote the Arabic culture through arts, language instructions, literary events, concerts, and cultural events.


The Odysseus Project (www.odysseusproject.org)

The Odysseus Project is part of Tamziq: Scattered and Connected, a long-term collaboration of Anne Loyer, an artistic director of FPTC, with the Joiner Institute, where she is artist-in-residence. The multifaceted project seeks to explore and stimulate conversation about the impact of war on the communities and cultures of Iraqi and other Arabic refugees; the impact on education; and the related topics of gender, human rights, storytelling, and differences between American and Arabic perspectives. 


Contact Information

Address: 15 Channel Center Street, #318 | Boston | MA | 02210

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