Veteran stage, film and television actor, Nasser Faris stars in Stageworks‘ production of this award winning new play. Among his numerous credits, Nasser has appeared in the feature films “Spartan,” “House of Sand and Fog,” “Jarhead” and “Ocean’s Twelve.” The cast features actors Fajer Al-Kaisi, Chet Carlin, Matt Falber, Jack Kesy, Maria Silverman, Christopher Smith and Shivantha Wijesinha. TENNIS IN NABLUS is directed by Stageworks’ Artistic Director, Laura Margolis.
In Ismail Khalidi’s award winning, brilliant new play, TENNIS IN NABLUS, a Palestinian family is trapped in a dying revolution. Blood is spilling on the streets. Prisoners are being exiled and tortured — but all the tennis-playing English have on their minds is what they will wear to the next costume ball. True events inspire this compelling story about the Arab Revolt against British occupation as two nations fight for their stake to land during a period of momentous global change.
Set in Nablus in the spring of 1939, TENNIS IN NABLUS brings to life the last days of the Arab Revolt as the people of Palestine attempt for one last time to drive out the British. With both deep passion and bold comedy, it is a genre bending look at Palestine’s embattled status through the eyes of Yusef, an unflagging rebel, his wife, Anbara who is an indefatigable writer of anti-colonial tracts and his ambitious young nephew, Tariq. As their world ignites absurdly around them, this divided family faces their own demons as they seek to achieve peace and freedom with dignity.
“Tennis In Nablus is the type of adventurous new play that our audiences expect from Stageworks,” says director, Laura Margolis. “Ismail Khalidi brings a bold, contemporary voice to the Israeli/Palestinian history in a resonating voice that is exciting, explosive and unflinchingly funny. Ismail calls his play a ‘tragipoliticomedy,’ I just call it brilliant. It is the type of theater that stays with you forever.”
“A beautifully crafted work . . . with flair and originality Khalidi defuses the solemnity of his story by masking it with comedic zest, and yet never negates the horror of the final twist.”
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