Oh My Sweet Land: A Play and Conversation on the Syrian Conflict

Performing Arts - Theater | March 1 | 7-9 p.m. |  Anthony Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Golden Thread Productions

UPDATE: Event is at capacity. As seating is very limited, we cannot guarantee accommodating anyone without a ticket at the door. Golden Thread Productions is hosting other performances around the Bay Area. Please contact them directly for tickets: http://www.goldenthread.org/…/oh-my-sweet-la…/calendar-2018/

Join the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Golden Thread Productions for a performance of the play Oh My Sweet Land, followed by food sharing and community conversation.

RSVP required. As seating is very limited at this free event. priority will be given to UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff.

Called “extraordinary” by The Guardian, this tour-de-force solo show, based on interviews with Syrian refugees in Jordan, takes an unflinching and personal look at the Syrian refugee crisis, and the brutal war that led up to it. In the play, a woman of mixed Syrian-German parentage recalls her encounter with Ashraf, a Syrian man in Paris, all the while preparing kibbeh, a Syrian delicacy. When he disappears, she goes on an arduous journey in search of him that leads to stirring conversations with some of the two-million Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan. One part detective story, one part a woman’s reckoning with her heritage, Oh My Sweet Land complicates our understanding of the conflict in Syria. Oh My Sweet Land runs one hour followed by a 30-minute food sharing (kibbeh, yogurt, and dessert) and community conversation.

Note: The performance includes the cooking of meat, onions, wheat, and spices; allergens may be present.

 Faculty, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

 RSVP required. As seating is very limited at this free event. priority will be given to UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff. More information: https://ohmysweetland.eventbrite.com

  RSVP online by February 26

 cmes@berkeley.edu, 510-642-8208