In 2007 I was invited to direct two new plays from Israel with a group of undergraduate students at Ohio Northern University. The university commissioned two new plays – one written buy an Arab playwright, and the other by an Israeli one.
Munaya is a fascinating glance at the life of an Arab Christian family – their codes of behavior, faiths and morals. Munaya is the elder sister, very religious and still unmarried. Her younger sister Nisrin, on the other hand, is more liberated, more beautiful, and is now going to be married. Nisrin brings her fiancée to a long weekend to her sister’s house. Soon enough we discover why Munaya tried to avoid the meeting. Omer, Nisrin's fiancée, was once Munaya's lover, who had deserted her (thus breaking very restricting rules about honor and relationship.) Completely unexpectedly, the meeting between Omer and Munaya reignites their love, thus complicating the situation and threatening Nisrin's marriage.
Ohio Northern University, The Freed Center for The Performing Arts, 2007
Play by: Yousef (Joe) Sweid
Chief Producer: Nills Riess
Production Dramaturg: Joan Robbins
Translator and Text Dramaturg: Varda Fish
Set Design and technical production: Scott Henkels
Costume Design: Cathy Smalley
Lighting Design: Kathe DeVault
Music: Jonatan Cox
Sound Design: Kat Wepler
Production Manager: Lindsay Esser
Actors: Scott Kremode, Elizabeth Orley, Heather Powell