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Samer Al-Saber

Stages of Homeland: Remembered Ghosts – Haunted Memories

[Ghosts of Presence/Bodies of Absence #33 (2017) by John Halaka. Copyright the artist]

John Halaka: Ghosts of Presence/ Bodies of Absence Gallery One, Ramallah, Palestine 21 March – 20 April 2017   Upon encountering John Halaka, one cannot ignore the burdens he appears to carry on his shoulders. He exhibits the features of a haunted man, who struggles with loss, exile, displacement, and an ongoing absence, perhaps an irretrievable one. His figure is dominant in most settings, despite his constant attempts to disappear, but when he speaks in carefully ...

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In Performance: Undeniable Voices, Palestinian Agency and Marginalized Narratives

[Jimmy Whalen and Elizabeth Jernigan in a private reading of Peace, by Hanna Eady and Ed Mast. Photo by Ari Roth]

From 3-5 April 2014, I attended three notable theatrical productions that dealt directly and indirectly with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: the Diary of Anne Frank at Raleigh’s Burning Coal Theatre, directed by the Artistic Director of Bethlehem’s Alrowwad Cultural and Theatre Society Abdelfattah Abusrour; a workshop production of The Admission by the Israeli playwright Motti Lerner at Washington D.C.’s Jewish Cultural Center; and a private reading of Peace, a new one-act ...

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Samer Al-Saber

Samer Al-Saber is Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies at Florida State University.  He holds a PhD from the University of Washington. His scholarly work focuses on the intersection of performance and politics in the Middle East.