Atlantic Theater Company’s announces Middle Eastern MixFest

Atlantic Theater Company's announces Middle Eastern MixFest

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) will present Middle Eastern MixFest, a series of free readings co-curated by playwrights Mona Mansour and Heather Raffothat will run Wednesday, August 8th through Thursday, August 16th at Atlantic Stage 2 (330 West 16th Street).

This summer, Atlantic will be hosting readings of full-length plays by Abdullah Alkafri translated by Hassan Abdulrazzak, Kareem Fahmy, Hannah Khalil, Mona Mansour & Tala Manassah, and Stav Palti-Negev. In addition to the full-length readings at Middle Eastern MixFest, Atlantic Theater Company will commission Melis Aker, Younis Ali, Sevan K. Greene, and Sanaz Toossi to create short one-acts and present them as readings alongside a short play by Heather Raffo.

Heather Raffo says, “Although the plays pull from diverse communities across the Middle East and North Africa, so many of the artists represent something uniquely American. Atlantic has provided a rare platform to hear these works not as a single representation of a culture, but as a kaleidoscope of plays and artists.” Mona Mansoursays, “These stories, deeply felt and told in innovative ways, will, I believe, speak to some of the issues at the heart of the experience of the Middle Eastern diaspora.” Atlantic Theater Company‘s Artistic Director Neil Pepe adds, “We are truly excited to be welcoming these outstanding artists to Atlantic and to be collaborating with our friends Heather Raffo and Mona Mansour to curate the festival.”


by Melis Aker, Younis Ali, Sevan K. Greene, Heather Raffo and Sanaz Toossi

directed by Sivan Battat and Tracy Cameron Francis

Monday, August 15 | 7pm

Readings of four commissioned one-acts and a short play by Heather Raffo.

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