In my play, 'Brides Look Forward', an Iraqi mother compels her daughter-in-law to search for her missing husband after the British Army withdrawals form the port city of Basra. When writing the play, I drew on transnational conversations that took place during our ongoing artistic process, but also on my memories of Iraq in 2007: the translators, the journalists, Iraqi citizens, incoming fire, kidnappings, reunion, violence---and resiliency.
Here are the details for the reading, pulled from the Fort Point Theatre Channel website.
Performance: Friday, November 4, 8 pm
Exhibit: November 4
@ Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville
Basra-Boston Connections: An Iraq-U.S. Collaboration in Theater, Poetry, Art, and Music is a free evening of new work offering the fruits of connections among scholars and artists at the University of Basra and their counterparts in the United States, principally in the Boston area.
In a special dual-nation presentation, the events will include a video from Iraq Panorama Joy, composed for the project by Qays Qwda Oasim. Following the video, Boston musicians Jorrit Dijkstra (both nights) and Jeb Bishop (October 1 only) will improvise around Qasim's composition.
Works will be presented also include workshop performances of two plays written for the project: Brides Look Forward by John Meyer, a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and In the Reeds by Amy Merrill, one of the project coordinators.
Amir Al-Azraki, a Canadian-Iraqi, playwright who is one of the project coordinators, will read and talk about the poetry and accompanying art of Elham Al-Zabaedy. Poet Mitch Manning, from the Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences at UMass Boston, will read from his own poetry. Visual artists Anne Loyer and Asmaa Samir Al-Hasan will present original art.
Free admission but space is limited so reservations are recommended. Click here to make reservations for the November 4 performance.
Basra-Boston Connections is #16 in the Fort Point Theatre Channel Exclamation Point! series of short works, always offered for free.