2017 Community Residencies
ABOUT THERE IS A FIELD
Police officers killed 13 unarmed citizens in October 2000. The youngest of those killed was a 17-year old boy, named Aseel. Aseel was shot point blank in the neck while at a demonstration outside of his neighborhood.
Aseel’s story is all-too familiar here in the United States. However, Aseel was not killed by police in central Florida, or a street corner in New York. Aseel was a Palestinian child, and he was killed by Israeli police outside his village in the north of Israel.
There Is A Field is a documentary-style play about Aseel’s life and his killing, told from the perspective of his older sister, Nardeen. Through Nardeen’s struggle to cope with the murder of her brother, the play offers an intimate view into the daily racism and violence faced by Palestinian citizens of Israel, and contributes to the vital conversation around the systematic devaluation of Black and Brown lives in the United States.
Teams of Arab American and Black American theatre artists will lead 3-5 day residencies with communities across the U.S., in partnership with our partner organizations. These residencies will offer communities an opportunity to deeply engage with issues related to Palestine, and the connections these issues have to their own lives and stories.
Our priority is to work with communities who experience disproportionate state violence and structural inequality here in the U.S., including Black, Latinx, immigrant, indigenous and prison communities.
Through drawing connections between the state violence and white supremacy experienced by marginalized communities in the U.S. with that experienced by Palestinians, participants will strengthen intersectional movements for social transformation. The residencies will go beyond an exploration of interconnected oppressions, and will deeply explore the next question: if oppressions are interconnected, how might struggles for liberation, equality and justice also be interconnected?
The residencies will consist of the following elements:
- Rehearsals for a Performance-Reading of There Is A Field, to be performed by members of the community
- Discussions and workshops educating around Palestine/Israel and the ways in which oppressions experienced there are connected to oppressions experienced in the U.S.
- Discussion and workshops centered on intersectional movement building, expanding on the burgeoning movement for Black-Palestinian solidarity Performance-Reading of There Is A Field for the broader community
- A large workshop for the broader community wherein community members tell their own stories, building off the themes surfaced in There Is A Field