Are your loved ones trapped behind the wall?
TALES OF A CITY BY THE SEA is an award-winning play written by Samah Sabawi and directed by Rahaf Fasheh. It is the story of two people who meet and fall in love in the besieged Gaza strip, woven together from the actual experiences of people living under occupation.
Jomana, a Palestinian woman living in a Gaza refugee camp, falls in love with Rami, an American-born Palestinian doctor and activist who has just arrived on one of the first Free Gaza boats in 2008. Their love is met with a relentless string of challenges. Ultimately, Rami must decide between returning to his comfortable life in Texas and staying in Palestine with Jomana. Choosing to stay means leaving his family and career behind for a life ravaged by war, while leaving means not only losing Jomana but also ignoring the plight of the Palestinians.
By uniting poetry, comedy, and tragedy, the play explores the love between those who have choices, and those who do not. It begs the question of the importance of sustaining one’s heritage and identity. The playwright, Samah Sabawi, expresses how this hour-long journey is inspired by “the strength and defiance of ordinary people in Palestine, who despite the horrific war, siege, and brutality of the Israeli Occupation, still insist that life is worth living and love is worth celebrating.”
“This gripping play is an act of resistance that implores its audience to take heed.” The Age
Location: 16 Ryerson Avenue, Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace
Patron warnings: Strobe lighting and loud noises
The play runs from December 6 to December 15. You can purchase tickets here!