"The Black Eyed": A production of The Free Play Theatre Cooperative

Produced by Nicholas A. Brown
November 30 - December 2, 2006

The newest undergraduate theatre group, The Free Play Theatre Cooperative presented "The Black Eyed," by Betty Shamieh, an intimate and thought-provoking story about four Palestinian women. These women, from different historical periods, meet in the afterlife and reflect on their lives as Arab and Muslim women, the concept of martyrdom, and the nature of peace in a violent world. This poignant and moving poetic drama pinpoints the relationship between violence and seduction, examining sex family, terrorism, the woman's experience throughout Muslim history, and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, all with a comedic twist. Shamieh's ground-breaking play "skewer[s] traditional views" of the Arab-American experience and the nature of martyrdom. Post-show discussions were held, offering the audience a unique opportunity to discuss the topics of the play with the director and cast members.