SCENES FROM 70 YEARS
by Hannah Khalil
directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh
Friday, August 10 | 3pm
Atlantic Stage 2, 330 West 16th St.
Featuring Sahar Bibyan, Hana Chamoun, Peter Ganim, Sevan K. Greene, Rendah Heywood, Ahmad Maksoud, Sade Namei, Jonathan Raviv, Louis Sallan and Rasha Zamamiri.
Scenes from 70 Years is a selection of intertwined vignettes telling the story of ordinary Palestinians at a very human level with mischievous humor. It offers snapshots of the routine of life in the shadow of occupation: we look into an Israeli household with a rebellious pro-Palestinian teenager, join a tediously long queue at an Israeli check point, and get swept into an absurd act of civil disobedience by Palestinian civilians in a desperate attempt to get worldwide media attention.
SAHAR BIBYAN (Ensemble). Recent theater works include Rhami in APAC’s world premiere of Veil’d and Shirin in Emerging Artist Theatre’s production of Haram Iran. Film/TV credits include “Chicago Justice,” “Mr Robot,” “Bull,” Split and Price For Freedom.
HANA CHAMOUN (Ensemble). Born to an American-Palestinian mother and Lebanese father, Hana is an actress and director based in New York. She graduated from the Lebanese American University in Beirut and studied Communication Arts and Psychology. Soon after she moved to New York to pursue an acting degree at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. Hana has acted in two award-winning feature films, In The Shadows of the City (2000) and 3000 Nights (2015) as well as a number of short films, and has a leading role on the TV show “Medinah” (2017). Hana has also directed several short films and plays.
PETER GANIM (Ensemble). An American actor of Syrian, Lebanese, and Slovak-Hungarian ancestry. Broadway: Oslo. Off-Broadway: Right You Are! (National Actors Theatre), Oslo (LCT). NYC: Medea, Phoenicia Flowers, Ballet Hispánico. Regional: multiple collaborations with directors Nancy Keystone: Hamlet, The Misanthrope, Othello, Three Sisters, A Doll’s House; and Chris Coleman: Man & Superman, Cloud 9, Handler, The Bacchae. Film: Lapse, Morris County, El Gallo TV: “The Blacklist,” “Madam Secretary,” “Quantico,” “Law & Order.” As an award-winning director, he served as Artistic Associate at Actor’s Express, was an early member of the LCT Directors Lab, and is a co-founder of Atlanta’s Théâtre du Rêve.
SEVAN GREENE (Ensemble) is an award-winning NYC and London-based writer and actor. New York: Lortel Award‐Winning Betrayed (Culture Project, LATW, Kennedy Center, PBS), Bunty Berman Presents, Betty Shamieh’s The Strangest, NYTW’s Aftermath, NYMF’s Les Enfants des Paris, Prospect’s Mapquest, FringeNYC’s hit Perez Hilton Saves the Universe…. TV/Film: The Dictator, “Blue Bloods,” “Damages,” “M.O.N.Y.” London: Scenes from 68 Years, bi, Maroon. Regional includes: World Premiere of Language Rooms at the Wilma Theatre, Evita, City of Angels, Into the Woods, Company. www.sevangreene.com
RENDAH HEYWOOD (Ensemble). Work in theater includes: The Kitchen, Rocket to the Moon, Philistines, The Rose Tattoo and Therese Raquin all for the National Theatre London, Refugia at The Guthrie Theater, This Time for Rising Circle New York, Cuddles at 59E59, Mrs. Assad and Me at Tristan Bates Theatre London, King Lear at Chichester Festival Theatre/BAM, and Ring Round the Moon at the Playhouse Theatre London. Her work in TV includes: “Doctors,” “Holby City,” and “EastEnders” for the BBC.
AHMAD MAKSOUD (Ensemble) is proud to represent his Egyptian heritage in Atlantic Theater’s Middle Eastern MixFest. He is currently in the company of The Band’s Visit on Broadway. Ahmad has participated in productions and workshops at the American Repertory Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Atlantic Theater Company, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, New World Stages, and The O’Neill. TV credits include “The Good Fight,” “Madam Secretary,” and “The Blacklist.” www.ahmadmaksoud.com
SADEI NAMEI (Ensemble). Previous stage work includes Eve Ensler’s Emotional Creature at Signature Theatre (NYC) and Berkeley Rep, Against The Hillside at The O’Neill , In The Line at A.R.T. NY, Mika at The U.N., Leaves of Grass at The Cell, #Serials @theFlea, United Front at Primary Stages, and her one-woman show In Medias Res at the Brick Theater. She has also performed at the Argentinian Consulate and The Asia Society, among others. Films: Subways, Fatima, Swallow it*, and The Elegant Clockwork of the Universe. She works as a TV/film Farsi translator/dialect coach on “The Blacklist,” “Madam Secretary,” “Limitless,” “Mr. Robot,” and “Homeland.” She also enjoys creating characters and putting them on Instagram, YouTube and etc. @sadenamei
JONATHAN RAVIV (Ensemble) is currently in The Band’s Visit on Broadway. Jonathan is so happy to continue to introduce Middle Eastern stories to New York audiences with the Middle Eastern MixFest. Other New York credits: The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical at the Lucille Lortel, The Band’s Visit at Atlantic Theater Company (World Premiere), Martyrs Street at Theater For The New City (World Premiere), The Ragged Claws at Cherry Lane (World Premiere), Lies My Father Told Me with NYTF (New York Premiere) and My Name Is Asher Lev at the Westside Theatre (Outer Critics Circle award for Best Play). Other regional credits include: Love’s Labour’s Lost at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Fiddler On The Roof with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Oklahoma! at Portland Center Stage, Homebody/Kabul with Curious Theatre Company, Mary Zimmerman’s Arabian Nights at Berkeley Rep., The Chosen at Chicago’s Writers’ Theatre, Lady Madeline at Steppenwolf Theatre (World Premiere), and The Light In The Piazza at both Arena Stage and the Goodman Theatre. Television credits include: “The Blacklist,” “Zero Hour,” and “Pan Am.” @JonathanRaviv
LOUIS SALLAN (Ensemble) has a B.A. from Western Michigan University and an M.F.A. 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.
RASHA ZAMAMIRI (Ensemble) is an Arab-American actor, singer, and voice over artist. She just recently came back from Ritsona Refugee Camp in Greece where she worked with Syrian refugees on Shakespeare’s The Tempest as part of The Campfire Project with Jessica Hecht and Arin Arbus. Past theatre credits include: The Who & The What (Gulfshore Playhouse), We Live In Cairo (The O’Neill), The Wife (BerkeleyRep), Transit (Chautauqua Theatre Company), Hour Of Feeling (Humana Festival), Aftermath (New York Theatre Workshop & World Tour). TV/Film: “The Looming Tower,” “Instinct,” “#Wargames,” Sayid, “Blindspot,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Blacklist,” ESPN/History’s “The Vikings Another Seer.” Proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.
HANNAH KHALIL (Playwright) is a writer of Palestinian-Irish heritage. Hannah’s stage plays include: the critically acclaimed Scenes from 68* Years – shortlisted for the James Tait Black award 2017: “confirms Khalil as a dramatist of compelling potential” – Daily Telegraph (Arcola Theatre, London, 2016), The Scar Test “Political theatre at its best” (Soho theatre, London), Bitterenders (winner Sandpit Arts’ Bulbul 2013, performed at Golden Thread Theatre’s ReOrient Festival, San Francisco, 2015) and Plan D (Tristan Bates Theatre, Meyer Whitworth Award nominee). Hannah was the Bush Theatre London’s writer on attachment in 2016/7 as part of Project 2036. She was also recipient of the Arab British Centre’s Award for Culture in 2017. Hannah is currently under commission to the National Theatre of Scotland, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
PIRRONNE YOUSEFZADEH (Director) has directed and developed new work at The Public/Joe’s Pub, New York Theatre Workshop, Atlantic Theater Company, Ars Nova, Soho Rep, New Georges, Partial Comfort Productions, Noor Theatre, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, La Jolla Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, InterAct Theatre Company, Golden Thread Productions, and Hangar Theatre, among others. She is a Usual Suspect at NYTW, New Georges Affiliated Artist, member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, Resident Director at Colt Coeur, a recipient of SDC’s Denham Fellowship and Williamstown’s Sagal Fellowship, and an alumna of the 2050 Fellowship at NYTW, Drama League Directors Project, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. She currently serves on the NYU faculty, and is a frequent guest director there, as well as Columbia, Juilliard, Fordham, and Yale School of Drama. Pirronne is a founding member of Maia Directors, a consulting group for artists and organizations engaging with stories from the Middle East and beyond. Upcoming projects include A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Once (Pioneer Theatre Company), and The Royale by Marco Ramirez (Kitchen Theatre Company/Geva Theatre Center). MFA, Columbia University. Member, SDC. www.pirronne.com; www.maiadirectors.com