The Vagrant Trilogy by Mona Mansour makes its Off-Broadway premiere at The Public after its original opening night was delayed and then cancelled due to COVID cases within the company. The production, which has already extended, runs through May 15.
Starring in the show are Tala Ashe, Ramsey Faragallah, Osh Ashruf, Nadine Malouf, Rudy Roushdi, and Hadi Tabbal. Bassam Abdelfattah, Nuah Ozryel, and Caitlin Nasema Cassidy are understudies.
Directed by Obie Award-winner Mark Wing-Davey, The Vagrant Trilogy explores the Palestinian struggle for home and identity over three parts. It begins with Adham, a scholar, who is in London in 1967 with his wife when war breaks out back home in Palestine. Faced with having to decide between going back and staying away, his decision is played out in two alternate realities.
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Originally slated to run in 2020, the production was cancelled days before its first performance due to the pandemic shutdown. Along with the cast, the creative team announced for the 2020 run have also returned for its long-awaited run.
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Wing-Davey leads a team comprising scenic designer Allen Moyer, costume designer Dina El-Aziz, lighting designer Reza Behjat, sound designers Tye Hunt Fitzgerald and Sinan Refik Zafar, and video designer Greg Emetaz. Hair, wig, and make-up design is by Tom Watson, with Susan Barras and Alexander Wylie serving as prop managers, Caroline Englander as production stage manager, and Luisa Sánchez Colón as stage manager.
For tickets and more information, visit PublicTheater.org.