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Theater from the Syrian Conflict: "A Chance Encounter" by Mohammed Al-Attar

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“Fear is a human instinct, but the fear is no longer preventing people from doing things,” Syrian playwright Mohammad Al-Attar told The New York Times in June 2012. With his short play, A Chance Encounter, Boom Arts invites us to glimpse the human side of the current Syrian conflict. The unique artistic voice of Al-Attar, both as a playwright and a commentator for The Economist and other outlets, has been chronicling the rapid transformations taking place in his homeland since 2011. Find out how one brave artist is making a difference in this evening-length program of performance and discussion. Directed by NY-based Tracy Cameron Francis, a specialist in theater from the Arab world.

Each evening will feature post-performance discussion:

  • Friday, April 10: Dr. Patrick T. Hiller, Peace Scientist and Director, War Prevention Initiative, Jubitz Family Foundation & John Lindsay-Poland, human rights & peace activist
  • Saturday, April 11: Dr. Thomas Bartlett, former President of the American University in Cairo, and Kanaan Kanaan, visual artist and educator
  • Sunday, April 12: Dana Ghazi (Syria), M.A. Candidate in Conflict Resolution, Portland State University
  • Tracy Cameron Francis will participate in all post-performance discussions. Mohammad Al-Attar will participate via pre-recorded video and/or Skype.

Presented in partnership with Boom Arts,  School of Theater and Film, College of the Arts, Portland State University, &  cosponsored by the Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon.

Presented with project support from the Jubitz Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, and the Global Connections program of TCG Theatre Communications Group.

Performances also take place Saturday, April 11, 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, April 12, 3 p.m.

Tickets $15-20


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