Auditions for Desert of Light scheduled for May 1 at 6 p.m.

April 26, 2016


Premiere of a new Palestinian-Syrian Play by Rama Haydar. Translated from the Arabic by Rama Haydar and Rebekah Maggor.
Directed by Rebekah Maggor with staged movement/choreography by Byron Suber.

  • Two male actors for lead roles, age range: 20s. Actors of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.
  • 10 actors who are comfortable moving assertively/athletically (male and female: all ages, races and ethnicities) for “militia”.

Lead male actors: Please prepare a 1-2 minute dramatic monologue.
All: Come prepared in clotheing to be warmed up and ready to move.
Call backs will take place the same night. 

More information on Desert of Light by Rama Haydar
Two guys, A and B, sit anxiously in an abandoned house, in a Palestinian refugee camp, in Damascus, in Syria. The camp is under siege. A and B wait to get out. Their chances of survival are slim.  In contrast to the violent conflict swirling around them, A and B sit in stillness as they consider the meaning of existence, resistance, and exile.
Cast members will have a chance to work directly with the playwright, Rama Haydar, who will join us in person for an artist residency. Ms. Haydar is an accomplished young playwright, director, and screenwriter from Damascus, Syria, currently a refugee in Malaga, Spain. This production will be part of the 2016 Cornell Biennial. And the first play in a year long season of plays written by female playwrights.

Young boys standing in the street