Between Desert and Sea (2015)

Summer Fun Weeks – 2015

After reading a poem called “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” by Wallace Stevens, Jackie Lubeck came up with the idea of “Ten Ways to Know Us” which is a research on how Palestinian kids and drama teachers, and directors, would like to talk about Palestine from ten different points of view. Ten themes were chosen and were worked into scenes for a project of the same name (See “Ten Ways to Know Us.” For the summer games of 2015, we turned six of the scenes into plays which were shown to 150,000 school children throughout the summer. The plays are (1) “Three Birds” (2) “Snow Trip” (3) “One Thousand Questions (4) “The Boys Who Can’t Sit Still” (5) “Between the Sea and the Desert” and (6) The Boys in the Mirror

Between the Desert & the Sea

Written by Jackie Lubeck
Directed by Ismail Dahlan and Hind Abu Hassanein

 A fisherman is bored with his life and work and wants a change. He decides to go on a trip to the desert bringing his daughter with him. They stop in Gaza City to rest. Meanwhile, a Bedouin is bored with his own life and with his eldest son, they go on a visit to the sea stopping to rest in Gaza. Of course, the two families meet and decide to change places with the fisherman going to live in the Bedouin’s house and the Bedouin going to live in the fisherman’s house. And what a story we have.

The Actresses

The play was made by 3 groups of women performing simultaneously in different locations.

Group 1 – Fatma Abu Yusif, Anwar Al Ghawwash, Ra’eda Saadat, Eman Al Bourai

Group 2 – Haneen Al Masri, Randa Abu Maghasib, Haneen Aziza, Reem Al Sawarka

Group 3 – Hiba Abd Raboh, Suhair Al Ghoula, Doaa Hijazi, Hind Abu Hassanein

TDP Production

Artistic Supervision and Direction – Rafat Al Aydeh, Mohammed Al Hissi & Jan Willems

Administration – Amal Abu Dawood, Rami Hijjo, Maryam Enaia, Tania Mourtaja, Doaa Abo Abdo, Rania Shawwa, Henriette Araman, Anan Terhi, & Francis Tams

Technicians – Riyad Al Akras, Ahmad Qadada, Ashraf Sirhan, & Mohsein Abu El Kheer