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Toronto: “Rubble” by Suvendrini Lena plays Theatre Passe Muraille February 25-March 18

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Our next show, Rubble by Suvendrini Lena (a Theatre Passe Muraille and Aluna Theatre Co-Production), begins with Lena Khalaf Tuffaha’s viral poem, Running Orders, where an ordinary family receives a call:


You have 58 seconds from the end of this message.

Your house is next.

It doesn’t matter

that 58 seconds isn’t long enough

to find your wedding album

or your son’s favorite blanket

or your daughter’s almost completed college application

or your shoes

or to gather everyone in the house.

It doesn’t matter what you had planned.

It doesn’t matter who you are.

Prove you’re human.

Prove you stand on two legs.


At the same time, in an abandoned theatre, a poet recites from the celebrated poetry of Mahmoud Darwish (as translated by Fady Joudah) and asks the both timeless and urgent question: What is the meaning of poetry amidst a state of siege? And what is our responsibility as we read, write, hear, and witness the survival of the human spirit in poetry?

A dramatic imagining of poetry, Rubble is made with permission from poet Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, and translator Fady Joudah.



Lara Arabian | Leila

Yousef Kadoura | Mo

Sam Khalilieh | Majid

Parya Heravi | Noora

Roula Said | The Poet

Show Runs:

February 25 to March 18, 2023


Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue) Mainspace Theatre



$10 | $30 | $60


Photo: Lara Arabian and Roula Said. © 2023 Jeremy Mimnagh.