RETURN TO HAIFA

Ghassan Kanfani Cultural Foundation presents
Return to Haifa

by Ghassan Kanafani
Adapted and directed by Lina Abyad

Babel Theater, Marignan Center, Hamra, Beirut
Dates: June 6,7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 – 2013
At 8:30 pm
Matinees June 8th and 9th at 5:00 PM
Matinees June 15th and 16th at 5:00 PM

Ticket prices: 30,000L.L, 20,000L.L. and 15,000L.L.
For Reservations, please call 76 64 32 95

Actors – in alphabetical order –
Sameera Al Asir
Sandy Chamooun
Ghannam Saber Ghannam
Hani Al Hindi
Aliya Khalidi
Azzam Mostafa
Hussein Nakhal
Raeda Taha

Crew
Adaptation, Direction & Set Design Lina Abyad
Assistant Director Amahl Khouri
Producer Ghassan Kanafani Cultural Foundation
Executive Producer Ghina Sibaii
Costume Designer Claire Mishref
Lighting Designer Alaa Minawi 
Print & poster design Dima Tannir
Photography Dalia Khamissy



Synopsis of the play

April 21st 1948, during the Zionist attack on Palestinian cities, towns and villages, Safiyya and Said, a young Palestinian couple, are forced to leave their city, Haifa. The eviction is so brutal that they are not able to go back and get their infant son, still at home.
Twenty years later, right after the 1967 war, when Israel allows the expelled Palestinians to visit their former homes, Said and Safiyya return to Haifa to discover that their home is still intact. 
Miriam, an Israeli of Polish origin is living there, along with her son Dov. 
Dov is none other than Said and Safiyya’s son, Khaldun, whom they were forced to leave behind in 1948.

ملخص المسرحية
يجبر الزوجين الشابين الفلسطينيين، صفية وسعيد، أثناء الهجوم الصهيوني على المدن، والبلدات والقرى الفلسطينية في 21 نيسان 1948، على مغادرة مدينتهم حيفا. ونتيجة للوحشية التي أخليت بها المدينة لم يستطيعا العودة لإحضار إبنهما الرضيع الذي كان ما يزال في المنزل.
يكتشف سعيد وصفية عند زيارتهم لحيفا بعد مرور 20 عاما، ومباشرة بعد حرب 1967، في الوقت الذي سمحت فيه إسرائيل للاجئين الفلسطينيين بزيارة بيوتهم السابقة، بأن منزلهم ما زال على حاله، وتقطنه إسرائيلية من أصول بولندية تدعى ميريام برفقة إبنها دوف.
لم يكن دوف سوى خلدون، الرضيع الذي أجبر صفية وسعيد على تركه في حيفا عام 1948.








Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s