by Stav Palti-Negev
directed by Kareem Fahmy
Thursday, August 9 | 3pm
Atlantic Stage 2, 330 West 16th St.
Featuring Yuval Boim, Caitlin Nasema Cassidy, Amel Khalil, O’mer Koren, Peter Romano, Louis Sallan and Babak Tafti.
When Palestinian Salim Tarek is released from an Israeli prison, the Israeli authorities mistakenly bring him to the Gaza border crossing while his family awaits his return on the other side of the country, in the West Bank. Salim knows that if he enters Gaza, he might never see them again. Stranded on the border, Salim has to find a solution before the Israeli soldiers make a choice for him.
YUVAL BOIM (The Officer). New York: work at Primary Stages, New Group, HERE, Ma-Yi, Culture Project, NYTW, Public Theater, Playwrights Realm and many others. Regional: Shakespeare Theatre (Helen Hayes Award), George Street Playhouse, Huntington Theatre, Premier Stages, EXIT Theatre. Film and Television: That Awkward Moment, Norman, “Bull,” “Blue Bloods,” “Red Oaks,” “Believe,” “Law & Order: SVU.” Writing: D.I.Y. (Duplass Brothers grant), Sexcurity (Cleveland Public Theatre/IRT Theater). Training: London International School of Performing Arts (MFA), Boston University (BFA). Actors Center company member. Yuvalboim.com
CAITLIN NASEMA CASSIDY (The Soldier). An actor-singer-theatremaker of Lebanese and Irish descent. New York: Pay No Attention to the Girl (Target Margin Theater, David Herskovitz), Middle East Remix (Epic Theatre, Noelle Ghoussaini). Equity National Tours: There Is A Field, ShowBoat, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Regional: Anything Goes (Williamstown, Roger Rees), Kafka’s Metamorphosis (Synetic Theater Company), Paradise (Central Square Theater, Shana Gozansky); Matt & Ben (Kitchen Theater, Shana Gozansky). International: Yerma (London Cockpit, Monique Wilson), Cymbeline (Shakespeare’s Globe, Tom Cornford), The Ballad of Lorca (UNESCO World Theatre Conference, Derek Goldman). Training: East 15 School of Acting in London and Shakespeare’s Globe. www.CaitlinNCassidy.com
AMEL KHALIL (Nai’ma). An Arab-American actress. Her recent theater credits include originating the lead role of Nardeen in There is a Field and playing Leah in The Unthinkable. Amel also stars in web-series “Davenport Diaries” and “Triangle.” Recent credits include portraying Maria Hernandez in Investigation Discoveries pilot series “Dark Places” and Mona in Darine Hotait’s Like Salt. For more information please visit www.amelkhalil.com
O’MER KOREN (Stage Directions). An American-Israeli actress and composer, trained in these very halls of the Atlantic Acting School. In NY, she performed at Classic Stage Company, Rockaway Theater Company, Columbia Stages, The New Ohio, Dixon Place, PopUp Theatrics, Lincoln Center NYPL and the 2017 TRU Musical Theater Series. She appeared on Nickelodeon-Israel, and in the IndieFEST Film Award winning feature The Mountain. www.omer-koren.com
PETER ROMANO (Wa’el). A Syrian-American actor, musician and teaching-artist. He has worked internationally in the African tour of Antigone in the World, and regionally in the American Premiere of Terror (Miami New Drama) both directed by Gregory Mosher. Off-Broadway: Fucking A (Signature Theatre), Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CSC) A Blanket of Dust (The Flea). Film/TV: “The Blacklist” (NBC), “The Week Of” (Netflix). Peter is the writer and director of the web series “The New Neighborhood.” BFA NYU: Tisch, MFA Columbia University. Peter-Romano.com
LOUIS SALLAN (Fadel). With a BA from Western Michigan University and an MFA from NYU Graduate Acting 2013, some of his more recent theater credits are: The Invisible Hand at Cleveland Playhouse; The Mecca Tales at The Sheen Center; The Strangest at New York Theatre Workshop; Oklahoma at Arrow Rock Lyceum; May Violets Spring at The Workshop Theatre; Hamlet. TV/Film Credits: “Blue Bloods,” “The Blacklist,” “The Blacklist: Redemption,” “Madam Secretary” and Crossing The Line.
BABAK TAFTI (Salim). NYC Credits: Othello (NYSF/Public); Power Strip (WP/Pipeline Festival); Against the Hillside (Ensemble Studio Theater); Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova/Signature); The Bachelors (Lesser America/Rattlestick); The North Pool (Vineyard); The In-Between (Noor). Regional: O.P.C. (ART); Scorched (ACT); Guards at The Taj, Blood and Gifts (La Jolla Playhouse); The North Pool, Much Ado About Nothing (Barrington Stage Company); The Winter’s Tale, Arabian Nights (HVSF). Recent TV: “Quantico,” “Instinct.” Upcoming: “Elementary.” MFA: Yale School of Drama.
STAV PALTI-NEGEV (Playwright) is an NYC based Israeli playwright. She is a 2017 alumna of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, a 2015/ 2017 HaPais Council for the Culture and Arts Artist Grant recipient and a 2016 Asylum Arts development grant recipient. Her play Salim Salim, which she wrote and directed, received Best Play award at the 2014 Israel Fringe Theater Festival and a two-year run at Tmuna Theater in Tel Aviv, 2015 – 2017. Her play Elsewhere: A Play for an Audience of One premiered at the Israel Fringe Theater Festival on October 2016 and received a staged reading at The Public Theater (NYC) in June 2017. Her work has been developed through The Public Theater, The Flea Theater, Red Theater, The Studio Theater, Beer Sheva Fringe Theater, Asylum Arts, Israel International Exposure and Galei Tzahal Radio among others. Produced: Israel Fringe Theater Festival (Acco), Tmuna Theater (Tel-Aviv), Nazareth Theater. Currently in development: A virtual reality (VR) adaption of the play Elsewhere, in collaboration with The Public Theater; Inventing America, an augmented reality (AR) experience; and The Escape, a script for a new film to be shot in Warsaw, Poland.
KAREEM FAHMY (Director) is a Canadian-born playwright and director of Egyptian descent. His plays, which include The In-Between and Pareidolia, have been developed with Noor Theatre, Working Theater, The Lark, Rising Circle Theater Collective, and Fault Line Theatre. The Yacoubian Building was previously developed at The Drama League and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. Kareem has directed a number of world premieres including Sevan K. Greene’s This Time (Rising Circle, New York Times Critics’ Pick), James Scruggs’s 3/Fifths (3LD, New York Times 5 Must-See Shows), Victor Lesniewski’s Couriers and Contrabands (TBG Theatre), Nikkole Salter’s Indian Head (Luna Stage), and Adam Kraar’s Alternating Currents (Working Theatre). He is a founder of Maia Directors, a consulting group for organizations and artists engaging with stories from the Middle East and beyond. New York Theater Workshop Usual Suspect. MFA: Columbia University. www.kareemfahmy.com