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Tales of a City by the Sea

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Tales of a City by the Sea

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.

The play runs from December 6 to December 15. You can purchase tickets here!

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

Samah Sabawi is also the featured speaker at this year’s iteration of our annual James Graff Memorial Lecture. Her talk is titled Decolonizing Activism: Resistance through Art. You can find more information and purchase tickets here.

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!

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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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