The Petrol Station
A new play by Sulayman Al-Bassam
Against the backdrop of a vicious, fast-approaching civil war somewhere in the oil-rich Arabian Peninsula, two half-brothers vie for favors and allegiance from their aging father. Examining themes of love, identity, ambition, loyalty, and betrayal, this compelling new play uses the iconic setting of a deserted petrol station as a poetic space to explore both the oppressions and aspirations of the Gulf Arab region, and as a metaphor for the emotional state of its characters and their lives. World-renowned playwright and director Sulayman Al-Bassam's work was last seen at the Kennedy Center in a production of Richard III: An Arab Tragedy as part of the 2009 international festival ARABESQUE.
In English. Recommended for age 16 and up.
Performance Timing: TBA
Part of WORLD STAGES: International Theater Festival 2014
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Presenting Underwriter HRH Foundation
Major support is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein.
Additional support is provided by A. Huda and Samia Farouki, The Florence Gould Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Amalia Perea Mahoney and William Mahoney, The Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, and the State Plaza Hotel.
International government support is provided by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States, the Embassy of Israel in the United States, the Canada Council for the Arts, The National Theatre of Iceland, and the Japan Foundation.
Major support for education and related artistic programming is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program, the National Committee for the Performing Arts, and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.