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The Meet the Writers panel from Middle Eastern MixFest at Atlantic Theater Company in New York—Wednesday 8 August 2018

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Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) presented the Panel: “MEET THE WRITERS” of Middle Eastern MixFest livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 8 August at 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. EDT (New York).

Middle Eastern MixFest is a series of free readings co-curated by playwrights Mona Mansour and Heather Raffo that will run Wednesday 8 August through Thursday 16 August at Atlantic Stage 2 (330 West 16th Street).

Middle Eastern MixFest will kick-off on Wednesday, August 8 with a group panel featuring the festival’s writers in conversation with Catherine Coray (Program Director of the Lark Play Development Center US-Middle East Playwright Exchange). Learn more about their creative process and what inspires their work.

Throughout the weeklong festival, Atlantic will be hosting readings of full-length plays by Abdullah Alkafri translated by Hassan Abdulrazzak, Kareem Fahmy, Hannah Khalil, Tala Manassah & Mona Mansour, and Stav Palti-Negev. In addition to the full-length readings at Middle Eastern MixFest, Atlantic Theater Company has commissioned Melis Aker, Younis Ali, Sevan K. Greene, and Sanaz Toossi to create short one-acts and present them as readings alongside a short play by Heather Raffo.

Heather Raffo says, “Although the plays pull from diverse communities across the Middle East and North Africa, so many of the artists represent something uniquely American. Atlantic has provided a rare platform to hear these works not as a single representation of a culture, but as a kaleidoscope of plays and artists.” Mona Mansour says, “These stories, deeply felt and told in innovative ways, will, I believe, speak to some of the issues at the heart of the experience of the Middle Eastern diaspora.” Atlantic Theater Company’s Artistic Director Neil Pepe adds, “We are truly excited to be welcoming these outstanding artists to Atlantic and to be collaborating with our friends Heather Raffo and Mona Mansour to curate the festival.”

Admission is free to all readings. Reservations are required.

Please visit http://atlantictheater.org/middleeasternMixFest2018 to RSVP and learn more about the plays and writers.

Panel Moderator:
Catherine Coray, Program Director of the Lark Play Development Center US-Middle East Playwright Exchange

Panelists:
Melis Aker, playwright, SCRAPS AND THINGS
Younis Ali, playwright, THE HALAL DATE
Kareem Fahmy, playwrights, THE YACOUBIAN BUILDING
Sevan K. Greene, playwright, McARABIA
Tala Manassah, playwright, FALLING DOWN THE STAIRS
Mona Mansour, co-curator & playwright, FALLING DOWN THE STAIRS
Stav Palti-Negev, playwright, SALIM SALIM
Heather Raffo, co-curator & playwright, excerpt from UNTITLED new work
Sanaz Toossi, playwright, BABA KARAM

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