No Summary 2024

Conversations with Artists Who Don’t Fit in a Box

Now entering its fifth consecutive year, our digital conversation series No Summary features conversations with theatre companies in Palestine.

Our 2024 virtual artist conversation series embarks on a tour of four Palestinian cities to offer audiences in the Bay Area and beyond a taste of the Palestinian theatre scene today. Each episode spotlights a different theater, showcasing its history, notable performances, challenges, and life behind the scenes through interviews with its artists and community members. Theater makers, audiences, professors, and students are all invited to join in these stimulating conversations.

Online via Zoom and Howlround TV Free with Reservation

May 24 – June 14, 2024

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No Summary episode 3: El-Hakawati Theatre

As part of the series of online conversations with Palestinian theatres, the spotlight this week is on El-Hakawati Theatre, the main public theatre institution in East Jerusalem. El-Hakawati is a Palestinian nonprofit cultural institution which strives to create and to develop a unique cultural life in Jerusalem, by way of producing and presenting artistic, educational, and entertaining programs that reflect the aspirations of the Palestinian people. Since its inception in 1984, El Hakawati operated as a forum for cultural and artistic platforms, and developing creative strategies and activities towards upgrading Arab arts and culture in Jerusalem.

Join the conversation to learn more about El-Hakawati Theatre from Amer Khalil, its Director. Kate Moore Heaney, a NYC-based director moderates the conversation.

Online via Zoom and Howlround TV

Free with Reservation

Thursday, June 13, 2024, 11am PT (9pm Palestine)

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11 Reflections: San Francisco

West Coast Premiere

11 Reflections: San Francisco is part of a new national series of performance works, Eleven Reflections on the Nation, devised by Andrea Assaf. The project draws on her seminal work, Eleven Reflections on September, an episodic, multimedia performance on Arab American identity, Wars on/of Terror, and “the constant, quiet rain of death / amidst beauty” in a post-9/11 world. In each participating city, the project engages local artists and community members who have been affected by post-9/11 policies to contribute their stories, illuminating our collective experiences since 2001—from the fall of the Twin Towers, to the U.S. wars on Iraq and Afghanistan, to the Muslim Ban, and now to the funding of genocide in Palestine.

Created and directed by Andrea Assaf Featuring acclaimed Syrian opera singer Lubana Al Quntar and Turkish composer and violinist Eylem Basaldi

October 4 - 5, 2024

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