When ISIS publishes an execution video online, A Mother is convinced, through the eyes of the veiled executioner that she recognizes her missing son, whose disappearance threatens to rupture the fragile fabric that connects the lives of people around him. A memory play at its heart, Manar explores the casualties of grief, paranoia and cultural segregation, and weaves its characters’ memories into their present-day lives as they feel trapped in the trenches of mourning, searching for tangible resolution in an age of digital empathy.
* Finalist for Roundabout Theatre Company's 2017 Columbia @ Roundabout reading series (New York)
* Semi-finalist for Theatre503's 2016 Playwriting Award (London)
* Selected to be part of LPAC's 2017 Rough Draft Festival (New York)
* Selected to be part of Golden Thread Productions' 2017 ReOrient Festival (San Francisco)
* Selected to be part of LaMaMa ETC's 2017 reading series (New York)
MANAR at LPAC's 2017 Rough Draft Festival:
Photos courtesy of Juan Zapata