Mona Mansour

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UNSEEN

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PRODUCTION HISTORY

The Gift Theater (2017)

Chicago, February-March 2017. Director: Maureen Payne-Hahner. Set: Sarah JHP Watkins. SCENIC ARTIST: Elyse Balogh. LIGHTS: John Kelly COSTUMES: Rachel Sypniewski SOUND: Sarah Ramos. PROJECTIONS: Brock Alter. CAST: Ashley Agbay, Brittany Burch, Alexandra Main.


EXCERPT

MIA
It’s your fault! You were supposed to teach me proper Arabic.
 I told you, I don’t know it anymore.

DERYA, MIA
Not true. 

DERYA
Prayers. Prayers and a few other things. That’s it. And none of those have crossed my lips in years.

MIA
Crossed your lips? See that is idiomatic. Right? So we can’t be that dumb.

DERYA
At least when Turks use idiomatic language it’s poetic. It’s beautiful!

MIA
Okay okay okay. Can’t you just, you know, prepare me some tea and food and be quiet for a while?

DERYA
You should be traditional Muslim! You would fit right in!

MIA
Fine.-- As a man of course.

DERYA
Of course.

MIA
Who wouldn’t want to be a man in this world? It’s all so much easier.

DERYA
Your views are so regressive sometimes! I think it’s possible to be the kind of woman one wants to be in this world.

MIA
Where? Here? Didn’t the prime minister ban women laughing? Am I getting that right?

DERYA
You got it right. But don’t start with me. I hate that paternalistic, Muslim-women-have-it-so-bad shit.

MIA
You say Muslim women have it bad! All the time!

DERYA
I’m allowed to! I grew up Muslim! It’s mine to criticize. We don’t need well-meaning white women telling us how oppressed we are!