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Artistic Associates' Work Featured in July
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MT Space Artistic Associates Nada Humsi and Pam Patel were both busy this summer with their own projects, which were supported in part by MT Space.
My Name is Dakhel Faraj
Nada wrote and directed My Name is Dahkel Faraj, a workshop production presented by the newly-formed KW Arab Canadian Theatre, in association with MT Space. My Name is Dakhel Faraj is based on the 'real' events of the life of an Iraqi refugee, who has recently made his home in Kitchener-Waterloo. The play spans over 50 years - from before the Iran-Iraq war, through the experiences of refugee settlement in contemporary Canada.
As the stability of Iraq and the Middle East is once again tipping further into conflict, the work seems more and more relevant, present, and dangerous. The show was presented in English, Arabic and American Sign Language and ran from July 2-4 at the Registry Theatre.
Nada will be performing in Flush Ink Productions’ Asphalt Jungle Shorts XI, a series of site-specific one-act plays, September 18, 19 and 20 in downtown Kitchener.
Art of Marriage
Pam and Toronto actor Tawiah M'Carthy (Body 13) worked together to create Art of Marriage, a workshop presentation directed by Majdi Bou-Matar, in association with MT Space. Loosely based on their own experiences as young adults negotiating a place between a non-Western heritage and contemporary Canadian society, Art of Marriage asks the question: when you choose to walk down the aisle, can you leave your culture behind? The workshop presentation took place on July 26 in front of a packed, wildly enthusiastic audience at our rehearsal studio and was followed by a great feedback session and discussion with Pam, Tawiah and Majdi.
Pam is headed to Toronto this month to work on Theatre Gargantua's new play in development, Avaricious.
Tawiah is headed to Ottawa in October for 7 months to be part of the English Theatre ensemble at the National Arts Centre, as well as perform in his own show Obaaberima.
We at MT Space were thrilled to be part of these projects and greatly look forward to their next phase of development!