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Boom Arts Presents Mohammad Al-Attar’s “A Chance Encounter”

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Photo From COULD YOU PLEASE LOOK INTO THE CAMERA? Photo Credit: Arab Stages

Boom Arts is giving audiences a glimpse to the human side of the Syrian conflict through a thought- provoking performance focused on Syrian playwright Al-Attar’s unique artistic voice and outlook.  

Mohammad Al-Attar and the artists of Damascus’s Studio Theatre have been making socially intriguing theater productions by the time the Arab Spring came to Syria. 

His first play, Withdrawal, was written after he graduated from Damascus University in 2007. Withdrawal centers around a young unwed couple and explores their relationship and aspirations. 

In his 2013 play A Chance Encounter, a interaction on a Beirut street corner ends up exposing Syrian politics and alliances. In 2014 Al-Attar created a new adaption of the classic Greek tragedy Antigone, working with women refugees living in a Beirut refugee camp.  

Al-Attar and his team continue to create works influenced by state repression, that are performed internationally, from Seoul to Beirut.    

New York-based theatre director Tracy Cameron Francis travelled to Beirut, Lebanon in February 2015 to collaborate with Al-Attar, whose travel is currently restricted. Francis will join Boom Arts to direct A Chance Encounter and other works featuring Portland actors David Meyers, John San Nicholas, and Alex Leigh Ramirez.

Each performance is followed by public discussions with local experts and community members. Mohammad Al-Attar will participate via pre-recorded video and/or Skype.

The performance is co-presented by Portland State University College of the Arts’ School of Theater + Film and the World Affairs Council of Oregon. 

A Chance Encounter, Lincoln Hall Studio Theater, Portland State University, on April 10th and 11th at 7:30pm and April 12 at 3:00pm. For more information click HERE.


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