ASHTAR Theatre, a non-profit Palestinian theater company based in Ramallah, has launched an urgent global solidarity call asking theatre makers around the world to publicly read or perform The Gaza Monologues on November 29 (International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People):
Let’s Stand Together for People in Gaza
November 29th, 2023
Global Reading of The Gaza Monologues
ASHTAR Theatre, due to the horrific war taking place in Gaza, is launching an urgent request to all its friends and theater makers around the world to publicly read or perform The Gaza Monologues on November 29th, 2023; The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People—a significant day for those who value justice, equality, and freedom for the Palestinian people.
The Gaza Monologues are testimonies written by ASHTAR youth in 2010, after the first war on the Gaza Strip. Tragically, these Monologues are still accurate today. They are highlighting the horrors, hopes and resilience of the courageous Gazans to a wider audience, bringing out the voices of children and people in Gaza.
To download the Monologues in different languages please visit: The Gaza Monologues. By sharing these Monologues, we hope to create more empathy and awareness internationally. Your solidarity is greatly appreciated.
We suggest that your performance/reading be filmed and uploaded online. Please tag us on our social media: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn
In substitute of copyrights purchase of The Gaza Monologues, please support our psycho-social program in the West Bank: Global Giving
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ASHTAR was established in 1991 in Jerusalem as the first theatre training organization for youth in Palestine. One of the company’s specialties is a genre known as Forum Theatre. As the group’s website details:
The purpose of Forum Theatre is to promote a more active dialogue and commitment for change within the society. This theatre form engages the audience to interact on stage with essential social and political issues, transforming a commonly passive audience into pro-active and involved participants. In essence, Forum Theatre is a vital and engaging democracy-building tool. Through the use of the integrated methods of Forum Theatre, ASHTAR stands as an agent of change in Palestine.
Since 2010, The Gaza Monologues has been performed by more than 2000 young actors in more than 80 cities across 40 countries and will continue to be, in the words of ASHTAR Artistic Director Iman Aoun, “the voice of the unheard until justice prevails.”
You can download The Gaza Monologues for free here