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Mosaic Theater Company presents “Seeing Double”
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mosaic Theater presents a staged reading of “Seeing Double: A Middle Eastern Comedy of Error” by Jody Hirsh, Joan Holden, Sinai Peter, Henri Picciotto, Emily Shihadeh and Hanna Eady.
A young American Jew and a Palestinian-American travel to the West Bank to connect with long-lost family. But after plane crash, amnesia and a case of mistaken identity, the two boys suddenly find themselves standing in one another’s shoes…with hilarious consequences. Through music, overeager relatives and, of course, a game of “hot potato” played with a detonator, this play puts a new spin on an old political issue—offering hope, perhaps, for the future. Co-written by Jody Hirsh, Joan Holden, Sinai Peter, Henri Picciotto, and Emily Shihadeh in 1989, the play’s newest incarnation was radically updated by the co-authors as well as Hanna Eady, making it as relevant in 2017 as it was when it was first conceived. “Seeing Double” was originally written for the San Francisco Mime Troupe (SFMT), the only company ever to dramatize the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a mistaken-identity farce and perform it in both West and East Jerusalem. This show brought the SFMT its third Obie Award in 1990. This free reading is presented in conjunction with the American premiere of “The Return” by Hanna Eady and Edward Mast, playing at the Atlas Performing Arts Center June 7 through July 2, 2017 as part of the 2016-17 Voices From A Changing Middle East Festival.