Part of FringeNYC: A Palestinian-American teenager clashes with her traditional father as she discovers the troubled history of her heritage. As she searches for her place between two cultures, Diaspora Child highlights the unique experience of coming of age as an immigrant. More…
Categories: Drama, FringeHIGH, Spoken Word/Poetry, National. Written by Summer Ghasan Awad. Directed by David Ratliff.
"Such a highly detailed and emotional account of Diaspora Child's first visit to her ancestral country likely comes from personal experience...The concluding moment is all the more moving with Nikbakht in a teenager outfit embracing Mansouri's Mother Palestine, in white traditional-form dress and headscarf but with a large Palestinian flag as bodice. While anyone seeing this might not change their opinions on the topics Awad covers, they will be left with indelible impressions." Full Review
"Nikbakht is nothing short of breathtaking...'Walls' is a passionate treatise from a young playwright with enormous potential...Overwhelmingly however, the play’s use of anaphoric repetition grows tiring, and Awad’s ambitious project of counterpoising her personal history with a comprehensive account of modern Palestine results in a halting work that veers into reductive territory. Yet Awad’s play makes no apologies for being polemic and subjective...'Walls' intends to make ripples." Full Review
See it if you want a heart-wrenching, thought-provoking story with EXCELLENT writing. This is a play about family, culture, and what defines 'home'.
Don't see it if you're disturbed by graphic imagery or wartime, or if you don't want a haunting perspective of what it's like to be Muslim-American.
See it if You want to better understand the inner conflicts of a young American woman growing up in a home with 1 Muslim parent and 1 Christian parent
Don't see it if You can't open your mind or heart to another side of the Palestinian Israeli conflict.
See it if U want 2 follow an engaging story of what it's like growing up with one foot in the US and the other in Palestine. You will learn something.
Don't see it if You are under the weather.
See it if You are interested in seeing a young playwright's work who is clearly on track to be great.
Don't see it if you don't care to expand your understanding of Palestine, America, and growing up in a mixture of both cultures.
See it if You love poetry, want to learn more about Palestine's history & hear a narrative of self-discovery and inter-generational differences.
Don't see it if You only want to hear one side of history and don't want to hear about growing up with sexism & influences from different cultures/religions
See it if You love great writing, and are interesting in a different perspective of the Middle Eastern conflict and a of growing up "different"
Don't see it if Have such feelings towards the state of Israel that you don't wan to hear the other side or are xenophobic
See it if The struggles of a Palestinian American girl growing up in the middle between being a "good" Muslim daughter and fittng in with peers
Don't see it if You don't want to be touched by the realities of Palestinian life both past and present.