Pakistan's Theatre Wallay at Artists Rep with "On Common Ground" @ Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland [from 26 to 28 June]

Pakistan's Theatre Wallay at Artists Rep with "On Common Ground"

26 - 28
19:30 - 22:00

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Artists Repertory Theatre
1515 SW Morrison St, Portland, Oregon 97205
by Theatre Wallay, Islamabad, Pakistan
Writers: Zainab Hassan, Amna Mawaz Khan, Ammar Khalid, Fizza Hassan, Muhammad Haseeb Ali Chishti, Atif Siddique, Mustafa Hassan, Imran Iftikhar, Muhammad Usman Khan, Aiman Rathore, Salman Haider, Shafaq Malik, Asad Raza

Pakistan’s Theatre Wallay comes to Portland with ON COMMON GROUND for a very special artistic collaboration of performance, education and cultural exchange. The Pakistani contingent will include eight actors, a classical dancer, a young singer, a tabla player and sitarist.

WHEN: Artists Rep – June 26 & 28, 2017 @ 7:30pm
WHERE: Artists Repertory Theatre, Alder Stage
TICKETS: FREE, reserve seats @ 503.241.1278 or website

Artists Rep is delighted to host this Pakistani/American theatre collaboration with performances of ON COMMON GROUND, an original theatre piece on the theme of public space, in collaboration with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and Ithaca College.

>Brown Bag Lunch cross cultural music exchange
Tuesday, June 27 @ Noon
with Mic Crenshaw, LaRhonda Steele & Mark Steele, Subashini Ganesan, Tom Grant, Susannah Mars, Briley Neugebauer
>Post Closing Show cross-cultural jam
Wednesday, June 28 @ 9pm
with Tom Grant, Mic Crenshaw, Portland State University Chamber Choir, Douglas Detrick, Subashini Ganesan, Stephanie Schneiderman, Tony Furtado, Briley Neugebauer

Theatre Wallay’s original piece explores the lives of contemporary young people in Islamabad, and their relationship to public spaces – schools, squares, mosques, parks, wedding spaces and safe spaces – the way these places reflect the lives of modern Pakistanis and what it means to lose these spaces due to terrorism.

ON COMMON GROUND is a funny, quirky, music- filled glimpse into the lives of artists living in Islamabad, Pakistan. Oregonians can expect lively stories of life in the Pakistani capital, as well as joyful Pakistani music and dance. Through this work these artists offer American audiences a peek into their lives living in an Islamic country and particularly their relationships with public spaces. They question: What does it mean to lose it? What does it mean to have it? How does access to public space affect the culture? These are questions that transcend a geographic location, but in this context the lived-experiences of these artists are illuminated for American audiences to consider.

ON COMMON GROUND will spark dialogue about intercultural relatable subject matter. The theme of reclaiming communal space will resonate within the context of live theatre as it, too, is a shared experience in a public space. This artistic and cultural exchange will create new person-to-person intercultural bridges between performers and audiences, between American and Pakistani artists, and between Theatre Wallay and American theatrical institutions Artists Repertory Theatre and Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

CREATIVE TEAM: Linda Alper/Deviser, David Studwell/Director, Sameer Karasu/Costume Designer, Kathleen Mulligan/Vocal Coach

Theatre Wallay, the only nonprofit theatre company in Islamabad committed to education and peace building, has written an original piece exploring public spaces – schools, squares, mosques, parks – the way these places reflect the lives of modern Pakistanis and what it means to lose these spaces due to terrorism. Learn more here:

The script was developed by Artists Rep Resident Artist and 24-season OSF company member Linda Alper, who traveled to Pakistan first on a Fulbright Grant in 2015, along with American colleagues, actor/director David Studwell (known to Portland audience from PCS’s Fiddler on the Roof,) and Ithaca College voice professor Kathleen Mulligan who is the executive producer, are also Fulbright scholars.

This project is about cross-cultural understanding, getting to know Muslim artists from Pakistan and offering those artists experiences with Oregon’s Artists Rep and OSF. It's about personalizing «the other,» fostering a little more knowledge, and a little less conflict. Learn more here:

This partnership is an opportunity for cultural and artist exchange. While Theatre Wallay artists are in Portland and Ashland, they will have the opportunity to meet local artists, actors, dancers, musicians, educators, as well as technical and creative theatre practitioners to learn new skills and techniques.

After their time in Portland, they will travel to Ashland, Oregon June 29 through July 5 and perform in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Greenshow on June 30, July 2 and 4.

The project will also include a workshop in the Fall at Ithaca College in New York, and finally a theatre tour and workshops in Pakistan.

Supported by a generous Cultural Affairs grant from the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Theatre Wallay will visit Portland and Ashland with its theatre and music production of On COMMON GROUND, as well as participate in professional and artistic exchange throughout their tour.
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