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2007 Artas Lettuce Festival : Drama Overview

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 08.06.2007:

From the Thirteenth Annual Artas Lettuce Festival Guide


Brought to Palestine by foreign institutions in the mid-nineteenth century, drama has come into its own, with drama troupes found in many of its cities, villages and refugee camps. Ranging from drama based on traditional puppet theater to participatory theater, Palestinian drama deals with themes of relevance to Palestinian society and situation.

St. George and the Dragon, AEI-Open Windows Drama Troupe and Artas Folklore Center Thursday, April 12, 2007 3:05 Artas Valley. A group of peasants seeing a dragon (the Wall) seek the help of St. George (Al Khader). A group of peasants are plowing their land. Suddenly, a dragon (the wall) attacks them and starts demolishing their houses and expropriating their lands. The peasants feel lonely, powerless and hopeless so they pray to God to send his soldier St. George (Al Khader) to protect them. Al Khader appears on a donkey holding an olive branch. He fights the dragon and eventually is able to defeat it and brings back the joy to the peasants.

(See Flier for more information about the troupe and the play).

Ya Baladi, Artas Folklore Center, Al Ain Drama Troupe, Friday, April 13, 2007 4:30, Artas Valley Artas. A successful Artas Lettuce Farmer and his children are surprised to find a wall impeding their usual journey to sell lettuce in Jerusalem. The events occur in the 1960’s. Abu Mahmoud is a famous lettuce farmer, and like most other Artas farmers who plant this nutritious crop, it is the chief source of income for him and his family. He and his children wake up at the dawn prayers, go to pick lettuce from the valley, then head out to sell it at the Bethlehem Market and Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. But Abu Mahmoud is surprised to find a military checkpoint and a wall surrounding the city of Jerusalem preventing them from reaching Jerusalem, the starting point of the suffering of the villagers and the events of the play (See Flier for more information about the troupe and the play).

The Story of Muna, Ashtar Theater Saturday, April 14, 2007 3:30, Artas Valley.

The Story of Mona is a legislative play that is based on the interaction with the audience members. It tackles the issues of early marriages and honor killing laws and verdicts. Mona’s ambitions for education are thwarted by her family’s attempts to force her into early marriage. Mona rebels during the wedding ceremony and is killed for harming the family honor. (See Flier for more information about the troupe and the play).

Butto in Jerusalem, Tantoura Puppet Theater Friday, April 13, 10:00 the play displays the deep connection of the Palestinian people to the holy city of Jerusalem and the obstacles they face trying to reach it. Butto lives in a Palestinian village near the Holy City, along with grandfather and next-of-kin. He is hindered from living the Palestinian traditional way of life, which includes the necessity of going to Jerusalem, by the Israeli Army which does its utmost to prevent him and other Palestinians from reaching their beloved city.

Dreams of Halima, Tantoura Puppet Theater, Frid ay, April 13, 11:30

Intended for adolescents and their parents, this puppet show concerning Early Marriage was produced in association with a number of pro-women organizations, which requested a number of shows to be conducted in the Palestinian countryside.

(See entries below for more details)


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