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A critically acclaimed, tragicomic solo show about my crazy, mixed Palestinian American identity. In its 5th year of touring!
A critically acclaimed, tragicomic solo show about my crazy, mixed Palestinian American identity. In its 5th year of touring!
137 backers pledged $10,042 to help bring this project to life.

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NEW VIDEO: Jennifer's Kickstarter Intervention!! (Watch it in UPDATES- tab above)

We’re going to SCOTLAND!

Hi, I’m Jennifer and I’ve been touring the country for the past 5 years with my autobiographical solo show: "I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I'm Afraid to Tell You" (IHH).  With successful runs and festival dates in 12 US cities, I’m stepping things up in 2012 and have just accepted an amazing opportunity to take IHH to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland this August! 

My first invitation to perform overseas, this is a chance to push the dialogue around Palestinian identity further through the telling of an unexpected, often funny, and searingly honest first person narrative from yours truly: a single, Christian, 30-something Palestinian-American woman.  

Why This is HUGE!

As an independent artist, it's crazy expensive to take your work on tour and especially overseas. With an invitation and co-production deal from Gryphon Venues, I've been able to reduce the necessary production costs from $20,000 to a much more manageable $10,000. Plus, this is an opportunity to present a Palestinian voice at the largest international arts festivals of its kind, and to get my work to a global audience!

More About The Show:

In 80 minutes, I lead the audience on a humorous, painful and often surreal journey: to auditions, the Ramallah convention circa 1986, on dates with Jewish boys, and then through the checkpoints and nightclubs of Palestine; all while navigating the complex web of identities, assumptions and stereotypes about Palestinians in an increasing polarized world of East vs. West. 

Incorporating theatre, multimedia, and pop culture references to examine Palestinian identity, the show turns popular notions of what Palestinian women look/act/sound like, the cultural mores in Palestine, Muslim vs. Christian differences, and how violence seeps into everyday life under Occupation on their head.

Developed with Director W. Kamau Bell (look out for him as host of FX Channel’s “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell” this August), we’ve gotten tons of media praise (check out our reviews) and great audience turnout because: 1- It's a pretty damned good show and  2- How many people are talking honestly, hilariously and provocatively about Palestinian identity and what's happening on the ground in Palestine?

Want to learn more about us? There are video clips of the show on our Youtube page and tons of info on our website

Thank you for your support and for reading this far! And please help us spread the word about the campaign. 

NEW  PERK- KISS ME I'M PALESTINIAN T-SHIRT : 

NEW PERK- PETITE PALESTINE NECKLACE BY ARTIST KATIE MIRANDA KELKOULI: 

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    A thank you in our programs AND a tweet about your awesomeness (can include a link to your show, podcast, project, etc. as long as its PG-13).

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    A signed poster from the Edinburgh show to showcase in your rumpus room, plus program thanks+tweet.

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    Jennifer's mom will mix you a packet of her famous homemade Palestinian spice mixture (secret recipe). Seriously, this is the business! Plus program thanks+tweet.

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    Petite Palestine Necklace (image below) could be yours today! ONLY 1 available. Generously donated by artist Katie Miranda Kelkouli.

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    Your very own KISS ME I'M PALESTINIAN t-shirt to bellydance around the house in+program thanks+tweet.

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    1 Ticket to the Orlando show July 7th at the American Federation of Ramallah, Palestine National Convention, plus signed poster+program thanks+tweet.

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    1 Ticket to the SF show June 29 or 30th at the Exit Theatre, plus signed poster+program thanks+tweet.

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    1 Ticket to the NYC show July 14 or 15th at the East to Edinburgh Festival, plus signed poster+program thanks+tweet.

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    1 Ticket to the Edinburgh, Scotland show August 2-25th at Gryphon Venues, plus signed poster+program thanks+tweet.

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    2 Tickets to any of the listed shows (please specify city), plus signed poster+program thanks+tweet.

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    2 Tickets to any of the listed shows (please specify city), plus KISS ME I'M PALESTINIAN t-shirt+ signed poster+program thanks+tweet.

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    Jennifer will spend one 10 hour session (or two 5 hour sessions) with you mapping out a marketing, touring, production or writing gameplan for your solo show/ theatre project. Listen I've been hustling this show for 5 years and have a ton of wisdom to share!

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    4 Tickets to the SF shows June 29 or 30th at the Exit Theatre AND Jennifer's mom will prepare an amazing Palestinian meal for you and 3 of your closest friends. Available to anyone who lives in the Bay Area. Literally, people beg her to cook for them. No joke!

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    Jennifer will come to you! Private In-Home performance of an adapted version of the show with an artist talkback for you and up to 15 of your closest friends. Available to anyone who lives In California. Date determined by both parties.

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    Private In-Home Performance, plus an amazing Palestinian spread prepared by Jennifer's mom for your guests. Available to anyone who lives In California. Date determined by both parties.

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    Executive Producer Credit+Private In-Home Performance. Available to anyone who lives In the US. Date determined by both parties.

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