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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
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.