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A World I Loved: The Story of an Arab Woman
A WORLD I LOVED:
THE STORY OF AN ARAB WOMAN
A Narrative Based on the Memoir of Wadad Makdisi Cortas
By Mariam C. Said and Vanessa Redgrave
Directed by Vanessa Redgrave
With Vanessa Redgrave, Najla Said, Nadim Sawalha
Musicians Stephen Bentley-Klein, Sary Khalife, Sofya Melikyan, The Spence Middle School Chorus
November 28 & 29 at 8pm - TWO NIGHTS ONLY
Columbia University’s Miller Theatre
(2960 Broadway at 116th Street)
Written by Mariam C. Said and Vanessa Redgrave and directed and narrated by Vanessa Redgrave, A WORLD I LOVED is a one-of-a-kind theatrical event based on the memoir of Said's mother, Wadad Makdisi Cortas, an Arab woman who lived through and chronicled one of the most tumultuous periods in recent history.
Beginning in Lebanon in 1917 and spanning over half a century, through the creation of Israel to the Lebanese Civil War, A WORLD I LOVED interweaves Cortas' personal experiences as a student, teacher and then principal of the Ahliah School for Girls in Beirut with the wider political and historical narrative of Lebanon throughout the 20th century.
A rich narrative combining music, storytelling, choral singing and video projections, A WORLD I LOVED also includes appearances by two of Cortas’s direct descendants: her daughter and co-author of the production, Mariam (widow of the Palestinian scholar and former Columbia University professor Edward Said) and her granddaughter, Najla Said. They are joined by Nadim Sawalha, along with musicians Steven Bentley-Klein (violin), Sary Khalife (cello), Sofya Melikyan (piano), and The Spence Middle School Chorus.
A WORLD I LOVED is a co-production with Miller Theatre at Columbia University.
Please note: A WORLD I LOVED will be performed at the Miller Theatre at Columbia University, not at The Public Theater.
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