In solidarity with the Palestinian people, Theatre Passe Muraille and Aluna theatre present Rubble, a poetry show that tells a life full of love and steadfastness in Gaza.
The play is written by Suvendrini Lena. Inspired by the works of the great poet Mahmoud Darwish and the poet Lina Khalaf apple.
A life full of love and resilience, in Gaza, is also a life interrupted by scarcity and bombardment. Rubble begins with Lena Khalaf Tuffaha’s viral poem, Running Orders, where an ordinary family receives a call:
You have 58 seconds from the end of this message.
Your house is next.
It doesn’t matter
that 58 seconds isn’t long enough
to find your wedding album
or your son’s favorite blanket
or your daughter’s almost completed college application
or your shoes
or to gather everyone in the house.
It doesn’t matter what you had planned.
It doesn’t matter who you are.
Prove you’re human.
Prove you stand on two legs.
At the same time, in an abandoned theatre, a poet recites from the celebrated poetry of Mahmoud Darwish (as translated by Fady Joudah) and asks the both timeless and urgent question: What is the meaning of poetry amidst a state of siege? And what is our responsibility as we read, write, hear, and witness the survival of the human spirit in poetry?
The shows started on February 25th and will continue until March 18th at Theatre Passe Muraille.
Theatre Passe Muraille is a well-known Canadian theatre company located in Toronto, Ontario. It was founded in 1968 as a venue for experimental and alternative theatre, and it has since become a significant cultural institution in Canada.Over the years, Theatre Passe Muraille has produced many groundbreaking productions that have pushed the boundaries of traditional theatre. Some of the most notable productions that have been staged at Theatre Passe Muraille include “The Farm Show,” “The Crackwalker,” and “The Drawer Boy.”
In addition to producing its own shows, Theatre Passe Muraille also provides support and resources for emerging artists and theatre companies through its residency and mentorship programs. The company’s commitment to nurturing new talent has made it an important hub for the development of Canadian theatre.
Aluna Theatre’s productions often explore themes of identity, displacement, and social justice. The company has staged a number of critically acclaimed productions, including “La Comunión,” “Nohayquiensepa (No One Knows),” and “Salt-Water Moon.”
In addition to producing its own shows, Aluna Theatre is also involved in community outreach and education programs. The company works with schools, community organizations, and other theatre companies to provide training and support for emerging artists and to create opportunities for underrepresented voices in the arts.
Aluna Theatre has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades for its innovative and socially relevant work. The company is an important part of Toronto’s vibrant theatre scene and a leading voice for Latinx theatre in Canada.