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Women in Black presents WALLS: A Play for Palestine

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Modern Studio

109 West Anderson Avenue

Knoxville, TN 37917

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WALLS: A Play for Palestine returns to Knoxville as part of the 15th anniversary celebration of the Knoxville Area Women in Black. WALLS premiered at the Clarence Brown Lab Theatre in January 2016 before going on to production at the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC). The play has been favorably reviewed by "Theatre is Easy" and "CurtainUp." WALLS was a finalist for the Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women and earned the playwright the 2016 Artist of Change Award from Community Shares Tennessee.

WALLS, based on the playwright’s life, tells the story of a teenager’s complex relationship with her traditional Muslim father and her struggle to reconcile her Palestinian roots with her East Tennessee upbringing. Although Diaspora Child clashes with her father over dating, prom, and clothing, she yearns to connect with her heritage on her own terms. As Diaspora Child reads history textbooks and learns Arabic, Mother Palestine appears to tell the story of her traumatic history. WALLS explores the issues of immigration and diaspora, parent-child relationships, and the often forgotten history of the Palestinian people.

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Women in Black is an international movement started by Israeli women in 1988 to protest Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. In Knoxville, we have held Women in Black vigils every Tuesday for 15 years – standing in the heat, cold, rain, and snow, as well as all the beautiful weather! We stand in solidarity with our Israeli sisters who have been speaking out for decades against Israel’s illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories. We express our concern for a just peace between Israel and Palestine and ask our government to use its power and influence to end Israel’s illegal occupation.

About the Playwright
Summer Ghasan Awad (playwright and “Diaspora Child”) is a Knoxville native and an alumna of the University of Tennessee. WALLS began as her senior thesis project in the College Scholars Program, for which she designed her own major in Literary Activism. The playwright currently serves as the Intensive Case Manager for Bridge Refugee Services and continues to be involved in the Knoxville slam poetry and indie theatre community.

For more information about the show, visit: WallsPlay.com. You can also find a Facebook page for the play and for Knoxville Area Women in Black.

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