WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
NYU Skirball will present the North American premiere of the Palestinian company the Freedom Theatre's The Siege, which is based on the 2002 occupation of Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, where more than 200 Palestinian fighters, civilians, and Christian clergy sought sanctuary during an Israeli military action. The play is created and directed by Nabil Al-Raee and Zoe Lafferty, and will be performed in Arabic with English subtitles.
The Freedom Theatre, based in the West Bank refugee camp of Jenin, is dedicated to using culture and art as a catalyst for social change. Through workshops, classes and professional theater productions, the Freedom Theatre helps Palestinian adults, youth, and women develop tools to deal with the hardships of daily life under occupation.