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Tales of a City by the Sea

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Tales of a City by the Sea

After months of meetings, rehearsals and preparation, Tales of a City of the Sea has ended its incredible run at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto. With back to back sold-out shows, rave reviews and standing ovations at every show, Tales of a City by the Sea’s message of love and life in Gaza reached over 1000 people from across the GTA in addition to people who travelled from across Canada and the US to see the play, including Dr. Tarek Loubani and Huwaida Arraf, founder of the Free Gaza Boats, who travelled to see the Saturday night show and participate in a panel. We at CFOS would like to thank all the endorsers and attendees who helped make the play such a success. We would also like to thank our sponsors Golden Dough Bakery and Beit Zatoun for their support.

“When real-life heroes who inspire your writing come to see your play! [Saturday] night Huwaida Arraf, who was on the Free Gaza Boats, and Dr. Tarek Loubani, a physician who often volunteers in Gaza, came to see our show and both agreed to join us on stage and talk about their experiences and how that resonated with the characters and stories I’ve written. THIS is how we marked the 100th performance of Tales of a City by the Sea world-wide!”

– Samah Sabawi

You can view the program of the play and learn about the people who made it possible here!

Here is a selection of beautiful photos from the play taken by Malak Abu Atal
















Jomana- Saja Kilani

Rami- Anas Hasan

Lama- Liana Bdewi

Ali – Maher Sinno

Abu Ahmad- Basel Daoud

Samira- May Tartoussy

Homeland Security Gaurd 1- Khira Weiting

Homeland Security Gaurd 2- Kody Poisson

Mohanad/ Ensemble: Naseem Reesha

Um Ahmad/ Nurse/ Crying Woman/ Ensemble: Nawal Hamdan

Singers: Shireen Abu Khader, Natalie Fasheh



Playwright: Samah Sabawi

Director: Rahaf Fasheh

Set Design- Kayla Chaterji

Costume Design- Mira Salti

Lighting Design – Lidia Foote

Sound Design- Matt Lalonde

Props Manager- Daniel Austin-Boyde

Music Directors: Shireen Abu Khader, Natalie Fasheh

Graphic Design: Haya Fasheh



Stage Managers- Oriana Di Nucci, Ahlam Hassan

Production Manager: Yara Shoufani

Dramaturg: Rolla Bahsous

Assistant Director: Taranjot Bamrah

Assistant Set Design: Yara Salama, Jackie McCowan

Assistant Costume Design: Noor Kilani

Assistant Stage Managers- Christina Kozak, Dina Kawar

Volunteer Committee: Kathleen Tanel, Anne MacGregor-o’neill



Painting: Tina Dahdal

Song ‘Rahoo’ Composition- Aseel Tayeh

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