I hope you're all doing well and enjoying this summer weather that's surrounding us. As you may know, my play A Map of Our Country was selected for the 35th Annual Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival in New York City. The play was chosen from over 800 national and international submissions and will be performed on July 17th, at the Lion Theatre on Theatre Row in New York City. The play is being directed by Michael S. Chandler.
Being accepted to this year's Samuel French OOB Play Fest is a huge honor as it's Manhattan's longest-running short play festival and is attended by many talent theatre artists from across the country. From the Final 40 selections, a group of short-plays will be chosen by a judging panel to be published in an anthology by Samuel French.
Inspired in part by the real-life events surrounding the violent murders of Ayaz Marhouni and Mahmoud Asgari, two fifteen year old boys who may have been gay or may have been experimenting with their sexuality (1995) , A Map of Our Country follows Jaul, a young Palestinian man whose life is about to be changed forever when he's visited by his dead lover who raises questions about masculine duty and honor in times of war. More information is available here, for you to look over.
The play previously finished in the final four selections of the Western Michigan New Play contest and is now heading to NYC! It's a poignant, powerful look at the love of two Arab men and their struggle to find love is a world where all they know is hate. Attached, you'll find a post-card, advertising the show.
In order to help get the production on its feet, the play's producer has started a Kickstarter Fundraising page that can be found here:
PLEASE visit the page and help in any way possible. Donations start as low as $5.00 and each donation is accompanied by a cool reward. We're trying to raise $1,000 by June 29th, 2010 and in order for Kickstarter to give us these funds, we need to meet the 1K goal in that time. So hurry on over to the site and check out the project and show your support for new works!
If you have any questions about the play, the performance of the Kickstarter site, please don't hesitate to contact me.