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Birds Sing Differently Here in Minneapolis

  • The Southern Theater 1420 Washington Ave S Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454 (map)

Based on the true stories of 13 Iraqi-Minnesotan refugees and immigrants, Birds Sing Differently Here weaves together tales of sweetness, sorrow, grief and discovery along the way. Inventively performed in both English and Arabic, participants come together with a cast of dynamic professional actors to tell the story of a thousand olive pits and seven thousand praises; tokens of love and a chilling escape from the desert of death. Birds Sing Differently Here shares the ache of endings and the fullness of new opportunity.

Created by Dylan Fresco, Taous Claire Khazem and the Iraqi Voices Participants:
Nada Alabbasi, Sumaya Ameen, Ali Alshammaa, Hannaa Al-Azzawi, Abdullah Flaija, Salwa Mohialdeen, Adel Naji, Arwa Naji, Dhifaf Sarhan, Mazin Chilab, Ahmed Al Shaikhli, Bahaa Al Shaikhli, Rawan Al Shaikhli

Nada Alabbasi, Ali Alshammaa, Hannaa Al-Azzawi, Ashawnti Ford, Dylan Fresco, Adel Naji, Ahmed Al Shaikhli, Bahaa Al Shaikhli, Aamera Siddiqui, and Mohammed Yabdri

Director: Taous Claire Khazem

Script compiled and edited by: Dylan Fresco

Lighting Designer: Mike Wangen

Sound Designer: Peter Morrow

Stage Manager: Vanessa Healey

Projection Designer: Bill Cottman

Carpenter: Cameron Quie

Workshop and rehearsal Interpreter: Jamal Ali

Stage Manager assistant: Noelle Awada

Promotional Design: Jared Tuttle and Joey Heuring

Promotional Art: Jaafar Alnabi

About Iraqi Voices:
Iraqi Voices is a collaborative art lab operated by the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project that gives Iraqi immigrants and refugees in Minnesota an artistic platform to share their stories. IARP has produced 9 books and 14 short documentary films. In 2017, 13 Iraqi-Minnesotan immigrants and refugees came together under the direction of theater artists Taous Claire Khazem and Dylan Fresco to create an original and innovative theater performance based on their personal stories.

About The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project:
The Minneapolis-based Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project engages Iraqis and Americans in the arts, education, and cultural and professional exchanges in an effort to counter negative stereotypes, strengthen cultural awareness and understanding, and provide a platform for cross-cultural dialogue.

The Iraqi Voices Minneapolis performances is made possible in part by the Marbrook Foundation.