Presented by The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
Friday, Mar 24 at 8pm
Saturday, Mar 25 at 8pm
Sunday, Mar 26 at 2pm
A desert. A border. A remote petrol station within earshot of civil war. This vividly imagined twilit zone provides the background for a familial standoff in which the crimes, secrets, and broken loves of one generation make violent claims on the lives of the next as two half-brothers vie for favors and allegiance from their aging father. Examining themes of identity, ambition, and betrayal, this compelling drama from acclaimed Anglo-Kuwaiti writer/director Sulayman Al Bassam uses the iconic setting of the deserted petrol station as a poetic space to explore the dysfunctions that arise from the chaos of oppression.
Al Bassam, a New York University Artist-in-Residence, returns following his highly regarded presentation of Richard III: An Arab Tragedy during the Kennedy Center international festival, Arabesque, in 2009. His provocative new story draws inspiration from Sumerian myth, Palestinian refugee literature, and American 1950s urban legends of the gas station to portray a modern dystopia where defunct ideologies, desperate migrants, zealous warlords, and opportunistic traffickers vie for supremacy.
Al Bassam’s works are “SO CONSISTENTLY ENLIGHTENING WHILE ALSO RETAINING CONSIDERABLE DRAMATIC POWER.”
–The Financial Times
Recommended for age 14 and up.