by Suvendrini Lena | A Theatre Passe Muraille and Aluna Theatre Co-Production

Roula Said, playing the poet, looks sideways with a faint smile wearing a red robe. Lara Arabian, playing Leila, looks ahead with feeling. A white chalk writes "I wrote twenty lines about love"

Writing by Roula Said | Photo by Jeremy Mimnagh | Transcription: “I wrote twenty lines about love”

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?

*A dramatic imagining of poetry, Rubble is made with permission from poet Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, and translator Fady Joudah.

Show Dates

February 25 to March 18, 2023

Running Time: 80 minutes


Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue) Mainspace Theatre



$10 | $30 | $60


Written by
Suvendrini Lena
Beatriz Pizano
Kristina McNamee
Trevor Schwellnus
Marjorie Chan
Costume Designer
Negar Nemati
Assistant Costume Designer
Goli Zareyi
Sound Designer
Thomas Ryder Payne
Assistant Sound Designer
Ahmed Hegazy
Associate Video Designer
Avideh Saadatpajouh
Props Contractor
David Hoekstra

Production Manager
Carlos Varela

Stage Manager
Flávia F. Martin

Apprentice Stage Manager
Reva Lokhande

Original Compositions 

Roula Said

Maher Sinno
Lara Arabian | Leila
Yousef Kadoura | Mo
Sam Khalilieh | Majid
Parya Heravi | Noora 
Roula Said | The Poet
Avideh Sadaatpajouh is supported in part by a grant from the Associated Designers of Canada.
Aluna Theatre’s Compassion Fund is provided through Theatre Direct’s Balancing Act program.

Aluna Team:

Outreach & Development Coordinator | Maria Paula Carreño-Martínez
Marketing Manager & Strategist | Renato Baldin


Script & Cultural Consulation | Lena Khalaf Tuffaha
TPM Community Consultant | Rahaf Fasheh
Cultural & Literary Consultant / Additional Dramaturgy | Rimah Jabr

Production Sponsors:

Additional Support:

Tickets & Showtimes

Rubble runs February 25 to March 18, 2023. Performance running time is 80 minutes. 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 at

Rubble by Suvendrini Lena. Text: "I wrote twenty lines about love" written in white chalk, is collaged on top of roula said and lara arabian, playing The Poet, and Leila in the play.

This production will have English captions for all performances.

Accessibility measures for this production include:

– Audience can exit and re-enter the theatre during the performance.
– There will be a relaxed space in the lobby should you need a break from the show. 
– Sound reducing headphones are available from the box office.
– Visual Story accessible via the show program and on our website.
– Pre-show speech that will warn about content and environmental elements in the show.

Sensory-Sensitive Performance (Sunday, March 12 at 2pm)
For the Sensory-Sensitive Performance, there will be a more extensive pre-show speech with content and environmental warnings, including a sample of certain sound cues before the performance. The sound levels will be adjusted, the house lights will stay on dimly throughout the performance, and there will be a facilitator on-site. For more information about this performance, email:

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 at

Photo by Jeremy Mimnagh