Theatre Mada Production presented by Theatre Passe Muraille
Suitcase/Adrenaline consists of two one-act shows that will be performed in Arabic with English subtitles.
There will also be Open Captioning for the run of the show.
How much of your life can you take with you? What are the most important things to carry on?
Suitcase, written by Ahmad Meree, is a year-long response to real life experiences as an artist immigrating from Syria. In this play we are asked to consider the lives of refugees and the series of liminal spaces they inhabit. It’s about belonging and possession and all the things that we leave behind.
حقيبة هي مسرحية كوميدية تراجيدية تروي حكاية الزوجين السوريين رزان و سامر اللذين يحاولان مغادرة بلدهما بصحبة حقيبتهما فيجدان نفسيهما في مكان ما ينتظران … أين هما؟ هل سيُسمح لهما بالعبور؟ ما الذي يستطيعان أخذه معهما؟ و ماذا نسيا أن يحزما في الحقيبة؟
Adrenaline tells the story of Jaber, a Syrian man spending his first New Year’s Eve in Canada. Amongst fireworks and loud cheers Jaber recalls how a short year before he was spending the holiday under very different kinds of explosions. The show asks audiences to consider what is more difficult: to stay in danger with your loved ones or to live alone in safety?
أدرينالين تروي حكاية جابر الشاب السوري الذي اضطرته ظروف الحرب في سوريا للّجوء إلى كندا. جابر يحاول الاحتفال بأول ليلة رأس السنة له في كندا بعيداً عن عائلته. كيف يحتفل جابر في الوقت الذي أهله وأقاربه ما زالوا في سوريا؟ ما هو الثمن الذي دفعه جابر مقابل الأمان الذي قدمه له وطنه الجديد كندا؟
Mainspace Theatre | 16 Ryerson Ave.
120 minutes (with a 15 min intermission)
If you would like information on the topics or themes in our productions, or to determine the suggested age for attending a performance, please reach out to our Box Office staff at 416-504-7529 or by email.
Cast & Team
Written by Ahmad Meree
Directed by Majdi Bou-Matar
Performed by Nada Abusaleh & Ahmad Meree
Lighting Design by Chris Malkowski
Set & Costume Design by Julia Kim
Sound Design by Janice Jo Lee
Stage Management by Alyssa Almeida
Script Translation by Priscilla Jamal
Written & Performed by Ahmad Meree
Directed by Majdi Bou-Matar
Lighting Design by Laura Johnson-Sherratt
Sound Design by Colin Labadie
Set Design by Majdi Bou-Matar
Song of Halab: Samih Shkeir
Other music: Traditional Music from Aleppo city
Outreach Coordinator for Suitcase/Adrenaline – Maher Sinno
Relaxed Performance – Sat. Jan. 25 at 2:00pm
In-Ear English Translation Performance – Sat. Jan. 25, at 7:30pm and Sat. Feb. 1 at 2:00pm
*Please Note: all performances will have Open Captioning.
General Admission $38
Arts Worker $25
Under 30 $17
The Prelude is a pre-show chat between Artisitic Director Marjorie Chan and a member of the community. Come join them as they discuss some of the themes highlighted in the show, bringing a broader understanding of the piece to you, the audience.
The Prelude begins at 7:00pm on Wednesday January 22nd.
Theatre Mada is a collective of Arab theatre artists living in the Waterloo Region, including Nada Humsi, Ahmad Meree and Majdi Bou-Matar.
Mada means horizon in Arabic.
Newcomer Night on Thursday January 23, 2020
Theatre Passe Muraille proudly presents a complimentary night for refugees and newcomers for our show Suitcase/Adrenaline on January 23rd at 7.30 with a reception and networking event afterwards! Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors at the Canadian Arab Institute and International Professional Group, we are able to give free tickets to over 60 refugees from organizations such as Scadding Court Community Centre, Syrian Canadian Foundation, CultureLink, and Common Grounds. This is the monumental step in our mission towards an inclusive theatre that is reflective of our diverse culture. Please come out on Thursday and show your support to new works of art.