Our workshop production of The Art of Hijab, Kohl Black and the Right Way to Pray by associate artistic director Sarah Badiyah Sakaan is being presented as part of LaGuardia Performing Arts Center's Rough Draft Festival next week! Get your tickets now and join us for this important step in the process towards a fully realized production.
Directed by artistic director Jessica Silsby Brater, our workshop will feature performances by Sakaan as well as Don Castro*, Marie-Lou Nahhas, Nuah Ozryel, Indika Senanayake*, and Lindsay Torrey* , stage management by Rachel Calter* and designs by Gavin Hecker, Karen Boyer, Natalie Robin and Leslie Smith.
Inspired by YouTube tutorials on make-up and hijab styling, The Art of Hijab, Kohl Black, and the Right Way to Pray engages with Muslim feminist identity and playwright Sarah Badiyah Sakaan’s experience growing up in a Muslim household in the U.S. Bible Belt. The play explores the juxtaposition of American Muslim women living assimilated lives yet choosing to dress modestly. Following Polybe + Seats’s 2014 Anna Asli Suriyah (I come from Syria), the project is a continuation of the company’s interest in exploring Muslim-American identity.
Performances are March 16, 2016 at 2:30pm, March 17 & 18, 2016 at 7:30pm,
MainStage Theatre at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center.
Tickets ($10/$5 students) for the workshop and other events in the Rough Draft Festival are available HERE
Fall 2015 News:
We have some exciting news!
Polybe + Seats is working in residency again at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center to continue development of Associate Artistic Director Sarah Sakaan's new play The Art of Hijab, Kohl Black and the Right Way to Pray. We are pleased as punch to spend another year working with the supportive and creative folks of LPAC! Be on the lookout for information about our three workshop presentations during the 2016 Rough Draft Festival in March.
Oh, and #TBT: Careful of Eights returns this summer. Sort of. Stay tuned.
March 2015 News:
We are excited to announce the first public showing of Associate Artistic Director Sarah Sakaan's new play The Art of Hijab, Kohl Black and the Right way to Pray presented by the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center as part of the Rough Draft Festival. This showing will feature Sakaan as well as Lindsay Torrey, Pascale Seigneurie, Nuah Ozryel, and LaGuardia Community College students and is directed by Jessica Silsby Brater with assistant director Naomi Boyce. Performances will be Wednesday, April 1 at 2:30pm & Thursday, April 2 at 7:30pm on the Mainstage. More information can be found here!
Inspired by Sakaan's upbringing in the Bible Belt of America and an online cache of religious and beauty tutorials for the Muslim woman, this play explores feminism, freedom and oppression in Islam through multimedia and live performance.
August 2014 News:
The Brooklyn Rail on Anna Asli Suriyah (I Come from Syria): "At the start of the conflict, many of the people Sarah talked to had been in favor of the rebellion to overthrow the Assad regime. But as the bloodshed continued, the disruption to Syrian lives and culture reached tragic proportions, and hope of a US intervention dwindled. For the most part, Syrians want hope that their country and their daily lives can be returned to normal. That longing for a way of life lost, for a sense of daily security destroyed, is deeply felt in Anna Asli Suriyah."
The Brooklyn Paper/Bay Ridge Courier reviews Anna Asli Suriyah (I Come from Syria): "Hookah lounge hosts powerful play about Syrian conflict ... Much of “I Come From Syria” revolves around a Syrian wedding, where party-goers take sides in the conflict and debate fleeing their home country ... The show goes far beyond the headlines to show the myriad responses battle-torn families are having to the three-years-on crisis."
July 2014 News:
|Opening August 9th!|
12 Performances Only!
Discounted tickets for our mailing list members!
We are so proud of our latest production Anna Asli Suriyah (I Come from Syria). This collaboratively-created piece led by company member Sarah Baidyah Sakaan is inspired by her own family's struggle to make sense of the current crisis in Syria. Tickets are on sale now, and our crowdfunding campaign has reached 74% of its goal with only 4 days to go! This Sunday night, our campaign will close - will you make a contribution to help this show be the best it can be? With your help, we will bring a high-quality show to our audiences as well as join the growing artistic dialogue taking place around the humanitarian crisis in Syria.
Our multi-national, multi-lingual cast and talented production team* have created a show that highlights the difficult choices people must make as they grapple with violence and upheaval, and celebrates the drive to stay connected over great distances and barriers.
Drawing on personal stories and news reports as well as elements of fantasy and Arabic folklore, our show will transform Bay Ridge hookah lounge Beit Jeddo into a Syrian banquet hall, with the action moving from Aleppo to a refugee camp on the Turkish border to the U.S. and back.
If you have enjoyed our immersive, site-specific performances in the past, we know you will love Anna Asli Suriyah (I Come from Syria).
Saturdays-Tuesdays at 7pm
Beit Jeddo Hookah Lounge
save $3 with code POLYBE
PS: Know any journalists or bloggers writing about artistic responses to crises in the Middle East? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with tips for outreach!
*Naomi Boyce, Karen Boyer, Colin Chauche, Bevan Dunbar, Ayse Eldek, Tom Giordano, Katie Naka, Soraya Odishoo, Nuah Oryzel, Natalie Robin, Sarah Badiyah Sakaan, Emily Schwerdtfeger, Pascale Seigneurie, Jessica Silsby Brater, Daniel Soule, Lindsay Torrey, Catherine Wallach
February 2014 News:
Thank you to everyone who joined us for In the Atrium last fall! We are proud to announce that one of the pieces from that night was the first glimpse of our next full production. Coming this summer, will will be bringing you Anna Asli Suriyah (I Come From Syria), conceived by Sarah Badiyah Sakaan and directed by Jessica Silsby Brater. This new performance piece is about the current political and humanitarian crisis in Syria, integrating journalistic reports, personal interviews, and traditional Syrian cultural elements including dance, drumming, and social ritual. Make sure to join our mailing list to hear news about the development of this extremely personal piece, and be the first to know about performance dates and ticket releases!
September 2013 News:
Make your reservations here for our November 4th and 5th showing of works in progress, In the Atrium: Polybe + Seats in Progress @ Brooklyn Winery!
March 2013 News:
Thank you to everyone who came out and saw A History of Launching Ships this month! We were so honored to be invited back to BLDG 92. Stay tuned to our mailing list and Facebook page for upcoming project news!
January 2013 News:
We are proud to announce that we will be returning to BLDG 92 in March for four more performances of A History of Launching Ships! Tickets are on sale now; please visit the show page for details.
October 2012 News:
The final performance of A History of Launching Ships has been cancelled as of 10/28 due to the MTA's shutdown in preparation for Hurricane Sandy. There is no makeup date planned and all ticketholders will be refunded through SmartTix. Thank you to everyone who came out (and was planning to come out) for an amazing run!
September 2012 News:
Check out our beautiful new graphic for A History of Launching Ships, designed by Kevin Gillespie!
June 2012 News:
In October 2012, Polybe + Seats will produce a new site-specific show presented by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, the Navy Yard’s new cultural center and museum. Written by Avi Glickstein and directed by Jessica Silsby Brater, this specially commissioned play will be the first-ever theatrical production at the Navy Yard! For more information, click here, and please support our Indiegogo-hosted crowdfunding campaign to raise the last part of our production budget!
Thank you to everyone who came to see Alice, or the Scottish Gravediggers at the Old Stone House! More information about the show can be found here.
Polybe was Gertrude Stein's dog. Seats are where you sit.
Polybe + Seats has been making theater together since 2001. We produce new plays and collaboratively developed work that experiments with images, language, structure, and storytelling. By presenting our stories from multiple perspectives, we invite our audiences to make their own connections with our work. Our work has been presented by The University of Michigan, Mabou Mines / Suite, Brooklyn Fire Proof, and the Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge.
By choosing stories that we ourselves are curious about, we engage our audiences' curiosity and imaginations.
"Polybe + Seats launches Granada in a storytelling tour-de-force that sets the foundation for their future collaborative work to come." - Theater Online
"A promising young company bravely taking on the impossible Stein challenge." --Charles McNulty, The Village Voice