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Interrobang Theatre Project to present "I Call my Brothers"
2018-12-07

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CHICAGO ( December 6, 2018 ) Interrobang Theatre Project is pleased to continue its ninth season, exploring "identity/crisis"with the Chicago premiere of Jonas Hassen Khemiri's drama I Call my Brothers, a day in the life of an Arab-Swedish man who must dodge suspicion after a car bomb rattles Stockholm. Translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles and directed by guest director Abhi Shrestha, I CALL MY BROTHERS will play January 5 - February 2, 2019 at ITP's new resident home, Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood. Tickets are currently available at www.interrobangtheatre.org or by calling ( 312 ) 219-4140. The press opening is Monday, January 7, 2019 at 8 pm.

I Call my Brothers will feature ITP Ensemble Member Salar Ardebili* with Tina El Gamal, Chris Khoshaba and Gloria Imseih Petrelli.

Stockholm, Sweden. A car bomb rocks the peaceful city and leaves the Arab-Swedish Amor on guard and on edge. But he doesn't have time to let his fear get the best of him; he's got places to be. As Amor attempts to run his errand and grapple with his own anxieties, we follow him through a fraught 24 hours, cautiously navigating the city he calls home. Balancing paranoia and humor, Jonas Khemiri's nuanced account dares us to question our own perceptions and prejudices, while offering a singular and harrowing take on the labyrinth of global identity politics.

Comments Director Abhi Shrestha, "At the heart of I Call My Brothers, is a beautiful and tragic interrogation of how a community navigates fear. At a point in time where my community feels explicitly under attack. Doing this play is scary... but it is a ritual, it is a love letter to my MENASA community saying "I hear you, I see you, you are not alone" and a challenge to folx outside the community to examine their own complicity and ask themselves "®What do you do when the wind howls?"

The production team for I Call my Brothers includes Eleanor Kahn ( scenic design, props design ), Michelle Benda ( lighting design ), Jeffrey Levin ( sound designer ), Alec Silver ( movement dramaturg ), Nadya Nauman ( dramaturg ) and Shawn Galligan* ( stage manager ).

*Denotes Interrobang Theatre Project Ensemble Member or Artistic Associate.

DETAILS:

I Call my Brothers

Playwright: Jonas Hassen Khemiri

Translator: Rachel Willson-Broyles

Director: guest director Abhi Shrestha

Cast ( in alphabetical order ): Salar Ardebili*, Tina El Gamal, Chris Khoshaba and Gloria Imseih Petrelli.

Location: Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago

Dates: Previews: Saturday, January 5 at 8 pm and Sunday, January 6 at 8 pm

Press opening: Monday, January 7, 2019 at 8 pm

Subscriber/Board opening: Thursday, January 10 at 8 pm

Regular run: Friday, January 11 - Saturday, February 2, 2019

Curtain Times: Thursdays, and Fridays at 8 pm; Saturdays at 3 pm & 8 pm: Mondays at 8 pm.

Tickets: Previews: $16. Regular run: $32. Students $16 with ID. Group discounts available. Tickets are currently available at www.interrobangtheatre.org or by calling ( 312 ) 219-4140.

For more information, please visit www.interrobangtheatreproject.org .


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