Sabrina Peck: Director and Choreographer
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My heart is in the east





Playwright and socially-engaged theater artist Jessica Litwak hired me to direct her play, based on her work peacebuilding through the arts in the middle east. It is drawn from her challenging experiences in Baghdad, Beirut, and Israel/West Bank. She describes it as "a socially engaged duet performed by two actors and ten puppets," with the actors playing multiple roles. In the second act, the protagonist Miri conjures 12th century Andalusia in Spain, a time when she imagines Muslims and Jews lived together in peace. In this fictional but historically-plausible world, a Jewish woman and an Arab man forge a connection through their common passion: poetry. The play brings wit and whimsy to circumstances of impossible paradox and invites the audience to imagine art as a vehicle for change.

Jessica Litwak is the Artistic Director of The H.E.A.T. Collective, an organization dedicated to Healing, Education, Activism and Theatre. The HEAT Collective creates performances of socially engaged theatre that provoke thought and conversation. At the intersection of theatre, drama therapy, research, and human rights, the collective offers workshops in performance and peacebuilding, playwriting, voice, ensemble building and puppet making.

DIRECTED BY
Sabrina Peck
DRAMATURGY BY
Cobina Gillit
SOUND DESIGN BY
Jane Shaw
LIGHTING DESIGN BY
Lucrecia Briceno
ARTISTIC DESIGN BY
Sidd Joag
STAGE MANAGED BY
Tammy Kremer
PRODUCED BY
Debra Driscoll and the H.E.A.T. Collective
CAST
Jessica Litwak (Miri) and Ankur Rathee (Abu)
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