Rooke Theatre Presents "The Prison of Women"

Friday, March 11, 2005 - 12:00pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2005

Based on a play by Egyptian playwright Fatheyya Al Aassal
directed by Nora Amin

Performances in Mount Holyoke's Rooke Theatre, April 13-16 at 8 pm and April 17 at 2 pm

Ticket prices:
$5.00 general / $3.00 students & senior citizens.
Free to Mount Holyoke students on opening night (Wednesday, April 13).

For reservations:
Call the box office at 413-538-2406. The office will be staffed beginning Monday, April 11 from 3-6 pm Monday through Friday and one hour prior to each performance.

The Prison of Women, based on a play by Egyptian playwright Fatheyya Al Aassal and directed by Nora Amin, investigates the stories of women in prison, their crimes, their dreams and their relation to society. The Prison of Women exposes many facets of Egyptian society, through the lens of women's issues. The play represents a socio-political statement about women's rights, but also provides an examination of women's stories, how they tell them, and how they relate to one another.

The director, Nora Amin, Ford Foundation Associate, has joined Mount Holyoke College this spring as a visiting lecturer. She is an Egyptian playwright, novelist, short story writer, screen playwright, and poet. She is also a performer and theater director, and the founder of an independent theater company in Cairo, La Musica, and the first Egyptian independent international theater and dance festival, Jadayel. She is the author of 20 books published in Egypt, among which The Contemporary Egyptian Theater and Human Rights: The Art of Claiming our Right. Amin received a fellowship on arts management from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and is recipient of the Samuel Fischer International Literary Award for the academic year 2004-05 in conjunction with a professorship at the Comparative Literature Institute, Freie University, Berlin.

Lighting design by Nan Zhang, Lecturer Lighting Design at Smith College. Costume design by Isabelle Rubio, NY designer.

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