Looking for Kitchens to Stage a Refugee Story

Nadine Malouf will be starring in the U.S. premiere of “Oh My Sweet Land” (Photo by Pavel Antonov)

The off-Broadway theatre production company Play Company, or PlayCo, is looking for private and community kitchens in NYC to stage a one-woman play inspired by the plight of Syrian refugees. Producers hope to find about 25 kitchens to stage “Oh My Sweet Land” by the fall of this year.

PlayCo’s Director of Marketing Michael Yuen-Killick tells Bushwick Daily’s Brielle Schiavone the play has been performed in different “degrees of production” around the world from staged readings to full productions. He adds.

“This will be the U.S. premiere, but will also be the first time Oh My Sweet Land is presented within intimate spaces as an immersive production.”

The play, written and directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi, and performed by German-Syrian actress Nadine Malouf, is described as follows on the PlayCo website:

Step into the kitchen. The onions are cooking on the stove and meat is on the cutting board waiting to be chopped. Our host is preparing kubah, a traditional Syrian dish. While she cooks, she tells us the story of meeting Ashraf, a Syrian exile, and falling in love with him as he desperately tries to help those he was forced to leave behind. When he vanishes, she impulsively trails him to her homeland—one she has never known, now consumed by war. As the meal comes together and then falls apart, we learn the stories of brutality, grace and humanity of those she witnessed along the way.

What kind of kitchens is PlayCo looking for and what does the company hope to achieve through the play? Find out at Bushwick Daily.

And get a glimpse of “Oh My Sweet Land” through this trailer from the Young Vic theater in London where it was staged in 2014.

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