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Sundance Institute Announces 8 Projects for 2016 MENA Theatre Lab

Sundance Institute Announces 8 Projects for 2016 MENA Theatre Lab

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The Sundance Institute announced today that it has chosen 8 new projects for its newest incarnation of its very popular Theatre Lab, which will be held in the Middle East North African (“MENA”) region in May 2016. The Lab was created as a multi-year initiative to support independent artists’ endeavors as well as to contribute to a larger cultural film exchange. The Sundance Institute promises to shine a light on various unheard creative voices from both the U.S. and MENA in order to further improve the quality of creativity in the theater world. Specifically, the Lab links playwrights with a highly regarded group of Fellows, creative advisors, directors and actors. The May event will culminate in a private presentation of each project for Lab participants, immediately followed by a critique.

Normally hosted in Sundance’s native Utah, this year’s Theatre Lab will take place in Marrakech, Morrocco, thanks to the Sundance Institute Theatre Program Artistic Director, Philip Himberg’s, Producing Director, Christopher Hibma’s and MENA Manager, Jumana Al-Yasiri’s efforts. The Lab’s work has spanned over thirty years, providing developmental support to struggling productions. Tony Award winners for Best Musical, Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori’s “Fun Home” and Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak’s “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” are a few of The Lab’s benefactors, just to name a few. 

Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, said of the endeavor, “Our Theatre Lab will help bridge the cultural exchange between artists from the U.S. and the Middle East/North Africa at a time when sharing stories and deepening understanding between cultures seems especially relevant.”

The 8 chosen productions for the MENA-based Theatre Lab include: 
 
“Crave”
by Sarah Kane
Adapted & directed by Marion Lécrivain
Translated by Zakaria Alilech
 
“Eve’s Song”
By Patricia Ione Lloyd
Director Timothy Douglas

“Happy New Fear”
Written & Performed by Rima Najdi
Audio-visual design by Ana Nieves Moya
Director Mark Brokaw

“Them”
By Anna Akkash
Director TBD
 
“The Treasurer”
By Max Posner
Directed by David Cromer
 
“Verveling” (Boredom)
Choreographed & directed by Amar Al-Bojrad
Composed by Guy Van Nueten
Performed by Sheila Rojas 

“White Lightning”
By Sam Marks
Directed by Kip Fagan
 
“Wild Goose Dreams”
By Hansol Jung
Directed by Leigh Silverman
 
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