Thank you to everyone who came out to experience “Comedy of Sorrows”!
“Comedy of Sorrows” was one of the first theatrical responses to the Revolution that emerged from Egypt and when it first toured the States (as a reading) in early 2012, it already handled the subject of revolution with a kind of cautious optimism giving way to freighted ambivalence. Hybrid Theatre’s production at HERE expands on this ambivalence and weighs it down even further. Tracy Cameron Francis directs a production that pushes the revolution far beyond the boundaries of space and time, throwing it into a surreal fog of claustrophobic chaos and misapprehended memory…..Comedy of Sorrows is not a treacly, doe-eyed liberation plot, where the characters arrive in the end at some elevated, and qualitatively improved, understanding of themselves and the society they wish to inhabit. The ambiguity here is purposeful and instructive. Revolutions are indeed complicated, messy, and disruptive affairs. Sure, they may carry for some a certain polemical appeal; what, after all, could provide greater proof of the indomitable power of human agency than the very upending of the normative order? But revolutions are most accurately assessed by their aftermath, rather than by their mere occurrence. It takes the work of individuals, often with disparate worldviews and agendas, to salve the political ruptures from which revolutions, by necessity, must emerge.” Hani Omar Khalil-Culturebot
“Comedy of Sorrows” by Ibrahim El-Husseini
August 21-25 as part of the SubletSeries@HERE.
“Comedy of Sorrows” follows a young university-educated Egyptian woman through a series of encounters with different members of society and comes to realize that she had been oblivious to the poverty and misery of her fellow Egyptians. The play presents a collective and unsentimental account of a nation’s awakening. Through a unique combination of vivid poetry and colloquial dialogue, it celebrates the uprising of a people, while at the same time anticipating the uncertainty and tumult of a nation struggling to transition to democracy. While written about Egypt, the universality of the struggle to overcome oppression is accessible to all audiences.
5 SHOWS ONLY!
August 21 @ 7pm
August 22 @ 7pm
August 23 @ 7pm
August 24 @ 7pm
August 25 @ 7pm
145 6th Ave (enter on Dominick, 1 block south of Spring)
For Tickets & Information: visit here.org or call 212-352-3101
Featuring: Najla Said*, Adi Hanash*, Lily Balsen*, Paul Kelley*, Gordon Kupperstein*, Bobbac Kashani, Celeste Muniz*, Laura Riveros, Sara Oliva*, Raphael Eilenberg*, Youness Tahiri
* Equity Approved Showcase
Hybrid will present a provocative and dialogue-inducing body of work, with an emphasis on pieces that engage with and respond to current social and political issues.
Please join us Saturday, June 1 from 6:30-9pm at Brooklyn Fire Proof, 119 Ingraham St.