BRUNSWICK — “In Security,” two one-act plays by Maine writers, will have their New England premieres at The Theater Project on Aug. 7, 8 and 9. The two plays, Fateh Azzam’s “Baggage” and Al Miller’s “My Name is Isa,” come from the playwrights’ experience in the Middle East.
Azzam, a Palestinian-American who directs the UN human rights program in the Middle East, and Miller, The Theater Project’s founder, met when Azzam was performing with Tony Montanaro’s Celebration Mime Theater and Miller was studying mime. They met again several years ago when Miller was doing workshops with teachers in Ramallah on the West Bank, where Azzam was then living and doing human rights work.
Azzam’s “Baggage”, which has been published and produced in the Middle East and England, has one character, a traveler who has trouble “doing the right thing” to get through security to the correct gate at an airport. “My Name is Isa” is set in Bethlehem and Jerusalem where four young American travelers are finding their way to the famous Biblical sites, with the help of a Palestinian named Isa.
There will be discussions after one of the performances, as well as readings of “My Name if Rachel Corrie” and Caryl Churchill’s controversial nine-minute play, “Seven Jewish Children.”
“In Security” runs Aug. 7-9. Performance times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. All tickets are pay-what-you-want with a suggested price of $10; tickets are available at 729-8584, www.theaterproject.com or the theater at 14 School St.


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