Cornell University

'Parallel Time' reading & discussion with playwright Bashar Murkus

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 7:00pm

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Film Forum
430 College Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Parallel Time

A New Play

by Bashar Murkus

translated and directed by Rebekah Maggor

A disturbingly humorous new play about life behind bars for a group of Palestinian political prisoners in an Israeli jail


Reading & Discussion with the Playwright

Wednesday, May 10, 7:00pm

Film Forum, Schwartz Center

FREE + Open to the public

Featuring performances by Godfrey Simmons, Jeffrey Guyton, Seth Soulstein, Honey Crawford, Malama Sokoni, Allen Porterie, and Mwangi Thuita. Stage manager, Laura Dera.


Parallel Time evokes the daily struggle of life behind bars for group of Palestinian political prisoners in an Israeli jail and their collective fight to overcome the despair of long-term incarceration. The play premiered in Arabic in 2014 at Al-Midan Theatre in Haifa.

Playwright Bashar Murkus is a Palestinian playwright and director and founding ensemble member of the Khashabi Theatre in Haifa. Through collective research, he develops new plays that both reflect and engage with the regional Palestinian community. His work has been seen in Palestine, France, Belgium, Tunisia, Lebanon, and Morocco. Murkus studied theatre at the University of Haifa, where he now teaches acting and directing.

Translator and director Rebekah Maggor is an assistant professor in the Cornell Department of Performing and Media Arts.

Supported by a grant from the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. Co-sponsored by the Department of Performing and Media Arts and the Department of Near Eastern Studies.

Event Type

Reading, Theatre


Department of Performing and Media Arts, Near Eastern Studies, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies


cascal, Near Eastern Studies, Einaudi, pma, caspma





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