Oh My Sweet Land

by Amir Nizar Zuabi
directed by Torange Yeghiazarian
featuring Nora el Samahy

Called “extraordinary” by The Guardian, this tour-de-force solo show takes an unflinching and personal look at the Syrian refugee crisis, and the brutal war that led up to it. Zuabi, the founder of the Haifa-based theatre company ShiberHur, wrote Oh My Sweet Land in collaboration with actress Corinne Jaber, based on interviews with Syrian refuges in Jordan.

In the midst of growing Islamophobic and anti-refugee sentiments in our mainstream discourse, Oh My Sweet Land adds a rarely-heard perspective to the conversation about Syria, and refugees in general. In the play, a woman of mixed Syrian-German parentage recalls her encounter with a Syrian man in Paris, all the while preparing kibbeh, a Syrian delicacy. When he disappears, she goes on an arduous journey in search of him that leads to stirring conversations with some of the two-million Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan. One part detective story, one part a woman’s reckoning with her heritage, Oh My Sweet Land complicates our understanding of the conflict in Syria and highlights the resilience of the Syrian people.

Zuabi says of his experience of working on the play: “We met people in the harshest moments of their life, yet still they were generous, full of grace, hope, and even humor. This piece is inspired by their stories but more than anything it is inspired by their spirit — that elastic rubber-like ability man has to adapt and to weather the storm.”

October 12-22, 2017
February 26-March 25, 2018

Instead of staging the play in a theater, we plan to perform it in kitchens around the Bay Area with many of the performances followed by food sharing and community conversations. We are seeking private homes, cafeterias, and community centers for both public and private performances. Contact us if you would like to organize or host a performance, and check back here soon for more information on tickets for public performances.

Artist Bios

Amir Nizar Zuabi
(Playwright) About
Torange Yeghiazarian
(Director) About
Nora el Samahy*
(Actress) About

*Member Actors’ Equity

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