This production chronicles an important period in Tunisia's history, spanning 50 years from the country's independence to 2006.
- Mar. 14 - 15, 2009
- Terrace Theater
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Directed by Fadhel Jaibi
Tunisia's Familia Productions brings Khamsoun (meaning 50 in Arabic), a play written by Jalila Bakar and directed by Fadhel Jaibi. The work spans 50 years in Tunisia's history--from the country's independence up until 2006. It traces the story of Amal, the daughter of two leftist militants who is arrested following the suicide bombing of her teacher friend in the courtyard of the school. There are two resulting investigations after the bombing--one by the police and the other by Amal's mother, who seeks to understand the ideological shift in the country--awakening demons from the past. Khamsoun celebrates Tunisia's independence while also addressing the social challenges that Tunisia has faced. Performed in Arabic with English surtitles.
Part of ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World
A. Huda and Samia Farouki
The State of Kuwait
The State of Qatar
The United Arab Emirates Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Additional support is provided by the Ministry of Culture and Information, Kingdom of Bahrain; the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center; The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development; the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art; Alice and David Rubenstein; Saudi Aramco; the Ford Foundation; Elizabeth and Michael Kojaian; Elaine and Steve Wynn; Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley and Mr. Smith Bagley; The Laura Pels Foundation; and the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.Presented in cooperation with the League of Arab States.