Celebrate World Theatre Day!
Swine Palace and LSU Theatre Celebrate World Theatre Day
What: World Theatre Day Celebration with a reading of O, My Sweet Land
When: March 27, 2017
Where: LSU Center for Philanthropy, LSU campus
Swine Palace and LSU Theatre are excited to celebrate World Theatre Day on March 27th with a reading of O, My Sweet Land written by Amir Nizar Zuabi and presented by Leila Buck. This reading will be paired with food that speaks to the origin and themes of this piece. In addition, a panel discussion about the script and the issues that it addresses, specifically the Syrian refugee crisis, will follow the reading.
This presentation is a part of the Taking Refuge project. Taking Refuge is an examination of the current refugee crises around the world, by artists, activists, academics and individuals directly affected by war and political violence. They are working to fight xenophobia and misinformation regarding refugees and people seeking asylum in the U.S. Taking Refuge officially launches on World Theatre Day, March 27, 2017.
Swine Palace and LSU Theatre join many other organizations in presenting this piece including Colgate University, College of Charleston, Noor Theatre Company, University of Pittsburgh, University of Colorado, Boulder and Washington College.
Tickets are $35 and are available online at www.swinepalace.org or at the door – cash, Mastercard and Visa will be accepted.
For more information, visit www.swinepalace.org or call 225-578-3527.
About World Theatre Day
Since 1962 World Theatre Day has been celebrated by International Theatre Institute Centers, ITI Cooperating Members, theatre professionals, theatre organizations, theatre universities and theatre lovers all over the world on the 27th of March. This day is a celebration for those who can see the value and importance of the art form “theatre”, and acts as a wake-up-call for governments, politicians and institutions which have not yet recognized its value to the people and to the individual and have not yet realized its potential for economic growth.
About Leila Buck
Leila Buck is a Lebanese American writer, performer and inter-cultural educator who has lived and worked across the U.S. and in Australia, China, and more than 20 Arab and European countries. She has performed and developed her plays ISite, In the Crossing, and Hkeelee (Talk to Me) with/at the Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Culture Project, Lark Play Development Center, Brooklyn Museum, Chautauqua Institution, MAPP International Productions, Mosaic Theatre, Theater J, Zoukak Theatre and Theatre Gemmayze (Beirut); El Teatro (Tunis); Silk Road Rising, Studio Theatre and Arena Stage as well as dozens of universities, conferences and cultural centers across the U.S and internationally.
In 2010-11 Leila was a US State Department Cultural Envoy using theater to address tensions with Arab and Muslim communities in Denmark. In September 2014 she returned to the West Bank where she lived for several months in 2011, to conduct workshops using Boal and Theater of the Oppressed techniques to empower Palestinian youth in self-expression/English language skills. In 2015 she performed her latest play, HKEELEE (Talk to Me), about her Lebanese grandparents’ immigration to the U.S., the loss of memory, and what it means to be(come) American, in Arabic and English in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Lebanon as a State Department Speaker Specialist, and conducted workshops using drama and storytelling to train educators and students in English, empowerment and self-expression.
In 2015-16 Leila worked with OCHA to craft and perform the story of Hanan, a Syrian refugee, with photos by Carole Al Farah, for World Humanitarian Day at UN HQ, at the World Humanitarian Summit Youth pre-forum in Istanbul, and in Geneva for the Global Consultation towards the World Humanitarian Summit, where she moderated the plenary panel with leaders from affected communities and led a breakout session on tools for cross-cultural communication in crisis situations.
Leila’s work has been featured in/on American Theatre magazine, “Brian Lehrer Live”, Arab News; L’Orient le Jour; Lebanese Broadcast Channel; Al Hurra; Innovation in Five Acts; Four Arab-American Plays, and Etching Our Own Image: Voices from the Arab American Art Movement. Member: Public Theater’s inaugural Emerging Writers Group; Usual Suspect: New York Theatre Workshop. M.A. Educational Theatre/Middle East Studies – NYU.