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  •   |  New Play Reading with Mona Mansour

    Date: June 12, 2017

    Time: 7pm

    Mona Mansour’s Unseen will premiere at The Gift Theater in Chicago, opening February 2017. The Vagrant trilogy was recently presented at New Dramatists in NYC after a workshop at the Vineyard Ards Project with the Public Theater.  Of the trilogy: The Hour of Feeling (directed by Mark Wing-Davey) received its world premiere in the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and a new Arabic translation was just presented at NYU Abu Dhabi, as part of its Arab Voices Festival. Urge for Going (directed by Hal Brooks): productions at Public LAB, and SF’s Golden Thread (directed by Evren Odcikin). The Vagrant, the third play in the trilogy, was commissioned by the Public and workshopped at the 2013 Sundance Theater Institute. Her play The Way West received its NY premiere at Labyrinth Theater in April 2016, directed by Mimi O’Donnell. Prior to that, the play was at Steppenwolf in Chicago, directed by Amy Morton, and Marin Theatre Company, directed by Hayley Finn. Mona was a member of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group and a Core Writer at Minneapolis’ Playwrights’ Center. With Tala Manassah she has written Falling Down the Stairs, an Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan commission. Their short play Dressing is part of Facing Our Truths: Short Plays about Trayvon, Race and Privilege, a collection of plays commissioned by the New Black Festival. Commissions include Waterwell, La Jolla Playhouse and Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s “American Revolutions.” 2012 Whiting Award. 2014 Middle East America Playwright Award, www.monamansour.com