Lily Balsen* (Nada) New York stage: Kandahar to Cananda/ Marathon of One Acts (Ensemble
Studio Theatre), Therese Raquin (Atlantic Stage 2), Salonika 43 (Center for Jewish Heritage), Things I Found On Craigslist, and Picnic (29TH Street Rep). Regional credits: Barrington Stage, Arena Stage, Theater J, Word for Word, SF Shakespeare Festival, New Conservatory Theatre, Golden Thread, Walking The Dog, and FoolsFURY, among others. Lily is a graduate of Middlebury College and The Studio NY’s training conservatory. Love always to M, D, Z, and A.
Raphael Eilenberg* (Mansur) is a proud New Yorker. Recent credits include Street Scene
and Moby Dick Rehearsed, Romeo and Juliet. He’s worked with The Schoolhouse Theater, Boomerang, Lonestar, and Playwrights Roundtable. He is a Brave New World Repertory company member.
Adi Hanash* (Yusuf) Past theater credits include: Woolly Mammoth Theatre: VP in The
Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Helen Hayes Nomination for Supporting Actor); Ars Nova ANTFest: Mohamed Bouazizi/co-writer in Nothing Left to Burn; ERA: Hassan Waked in AK-47
Sing Along; New York Classical Theatre: Cymbeline; ART/MXAT: Zoya’s Apartment, Kate Crackernuts . Film and TV credits include roles on White Collar, Rubicon, Our Idiot Brother, Non-Stop, and The Bourne Legacy. MFA in acting from ART/MXAT at Harvard.
Bobbac Kashani (Niqrazan) Credits include: Fordham University: Ruined (Mr. Harari), The Marriage of Figaro (Bazile), Hamlet (Barnardo, Priest, Captain), Eulogy To A Hell Of A Dame (Hank) The Rubber Room (Terence) Crave (B).
Paul Kelly* (Sergeant) Paul just closed the show “The awakening of Angel Deluna” in the NYMF festival at the Signature theatre. In New York he has appeared in the NY international Fringe festival, NY theatre workshop and LaMama. Other credits include “Almost Maine”, “Amadeus” (Mozart), “Greater Tuna” (Arles roles), “Evita” (Scandinavian tour), “I love you, your perfect, now change”, “Chicago” (amos), and “The Miracle Worker”. He has appeared at several comedy clubs in the city (with the writers from “The Daily show”), and has appeared in the 5th annual Arab comedy Festival. He can be seen in comedy shorts with the Onion news network, and College humor.com, as well as several Feature films and T.V. shows. He currently has a string of commercials running nationally and internationally (www.doctordreadful.com)
Gordon Kupperstein* (Hafiz) (bio and photo coming soon!)
Celeste Muñiz* (Ensemble, Assistant Lighting Designer) Celeste is an actress and writer from the Bronx, NY. Selected acting credits: Street Scene (Brave New World Repertory), Broken Heart Story (Ingenue Theatre) ; Hybrid Theatre Works (selected): The Revolution Will Be Live Streamed, Love in the Time of Green Cards, Shinsai Theatres for Japan. Thanks to Tracy, the cast and everyone involved! celestemuniz.com
Sara Oliva* (Ensemble) Chicago Credits- Northlight Theater, Bailiwick Repertory, Mary-Arrchie Theater, Lifeline Theater, Backstage Theater Company, The Artistic Home, Walkabout Theater Company, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, (where she originated the role of Monterone’s Daughter in “Rigoletto”,) and several others. New York- Sicinius in Shakespeare in the Parking Lot’s “Coriolanus”,( NY Times Critics Pick. ) Role of Kristin in Belgium theater company’s Vagabond Productions American premiere of “Miss Julie”, directed by BAFTA award winner Andrew Dallmeyer. Other NY credits include The Drilling Company (Associate Artist), Dixon Place, Vortex Theater, FringeNYC, The Internationalists. Regionally she has performed with The Berkshire Theater Group, Double Edge Theater and Orlando Shakespeare Theater (Playfest). Film and TV credits include As The World Turns, One Life to Live, The History Channel. She received her MFA in Acting from Brandeis University, studied movement at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies, and has extensive training in Suzuki. She also studied at The National Theater Institute and with Roberta Carreri (Teatri Odin.) www.saraoliva.com
Laura Riveros (Ensemble) is an actress, mover and performance artist based in NYC. As a member of Misi Producciones, Laura performed in shows like Gaitán; El Hombre A Quien Amé (Hilandera), Jesucristo Superestrella (Maid By The Fire), Grease (Jan), Annie (Star To Be), Fuego (Fernanda), Son Las 12; Es Navidad (Madre), and many more. In NYC, she has worked with companies and performance artists such as MultiStages (HOLA Award for Best Musical), Ming Wong, The Artist Ulysses Castellanos, Raul Moarquech Ferrera-Balanchet, Matt Reeck, Women of Color Productions, IATI Theatre, AliveWire Theatrics and Castillo Theatre, among others. Recently, she starred in “Where There Was Fire” as Clitemnestra with Tabula RaSa NYC Theatre (nominated for an IT Award!) and “(Miss)ter Silhouette Man” as Mommy Dear as part of Dixon Place’s HOT Festival. Associated Artist at Hybrid Theatre Works, Ingenue Theatre and Tabula RaSa NYC Theatre and active member of HOLA – Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors. Upcoming: ‘A Girl Without Wings’ with IATI Theatre, in association with Dramatic Adventure Theatre. Website: www.laurariveros.com
Najla Said* (Doha) has performed off Broadway, regionally and internationally, as well as in film and television. In April 2010, Said completed a nine-week sold-out off Broadway run of her solo show, Palestine, and is the author of the new memoir, Looking for Palestine. She is a frequent speaker and performer at schools across the country, and lives in New York City.
Youness Tahiri (Ensemble) Born on January 20, 1990 in Saint-Eustache, Quebec. Graduated
from the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City.