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One Night Only!

Jogging

by Hanane Hajj Ali, translated by Hassan Abdulrazzak

Hanane Hajj Ali, a fifty-something Lebanese actress and citizen, exercises daily to avoid osteoporosis, obesity, and depression. As she jogs through both secluded and open spaces in Beirut, she revisits dreams, desires, hopes, disillusionments, characters, and roles. Her body is stimulated through exercise with two hormones, dopamine and adrenaline, alternating between destruction and construction. In Medea-like fashion, this cycle within Hanane — woman, wife and mother — echoes that of her city, one that destroys to build and builds to destroy.

May 2, 2020

Brava Theater Center

2781 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Written by Hanane Hajj Ali

Translated by Hassan Abdulrazzak

Directed by Eric Deniaud

Acclaimed Lebanese writer and performer, Hanane Hajj Ali brings her one-woman show to the Bay Area following her celebrated performances at the Kennedy Center and the Guthrie Theater.

Performed in Arabic with English super titles.

Reviews

“Gloriously unpredictable and compelling.… a radical challenge to the stereotypes and prejudices that afflict global perceptions of Arab women.” Cat Acheson, The Skinny

“And yet to call Jogging a play about running would be like calling The Odyssey a story about sailing. As with Ali’s layers of scarves and hair, the deceptively straightforward premise unfolds itself into proliferating narratives, voices, and histories. It’s a play that meditates on what it is to be a woman, a wife, a mother, a citizen, and an artist.” Katie Logan, Arablit

In The Press

Jogging To Survive

ARTS EQUATOR’s Stephanie Burridge covers the performance in M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2019.

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Jogging: a radical challenge to the global perceptions of Arab women

The Skinny’s Cat Acheson reviews the one-woman show by Hanane Hajj Ali

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Sex, Prime Ministers, and Running in Circles

ArabLit’s Katie Logan writes about the show, part of the 2019 Shubbak Festival in London

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Cast & Crew

Hanane Hajj Ali

Playwright and Performer

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Eric Deniaud

Director

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Hassan Abdulrazzak

Translator

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Original Creative Team: Abdallah AlKafri (Dramaturgy), Sarmad Louis / Rayan Nihawi (Light Design), James Chehab / Karam Abou Ayach (Technical Direction); KALABSHA / Louloua Abdel Baki (Costume Design); Danielle Kattar (Graphic Design); Haifa Safa (Coordination and surtitles); Marwan Tahtah (Photography)

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