About this project
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?
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:
To cover flights, lodging, festival fees, props and equipment rental, printing all of our marketing material, paying 4 people for their work on the shows and covering our Kickstarter fees and perks.
Hmm. I never thought to ask them...but now that you mention it, I'll give them a ring.
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