Mona Mansour

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URGE FOR GOING

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PRODUCTION HISTORY

Public Theater (2011)

New York, April 2011. Directed by: Hal Brooks. Set Design: Jason Simms. Costume Design: Jenny Mannis. Lighting Design: Tyler Micoleau. Sound Design: Ryan Rumery. Cast: Omid Ahtabi, Tala Ashe, Jacqueline Antaramian, Demosthenes Chrysan, Ramsey Faragallah, and Ted Sod.

Golden Thread (2013)

San Francisco, November 2013. Directed by: Evren Odcikin. Set & Lighting Design: Kate Boyd. Costume Design: Michelle Mulholland. Sound Design: Brendan Aanes. Cast: Munaf Alsafi, Camila Betancourt Ascencio, Tara Blau, Terry Lamb, Julian Lopez-Morillas, and Wiley Naman Strasser.

EXCERPT

JUL
The Baywatch!

HAMZI
The Baywatch.

JUL
The Bay. And the Watch. Equals Baywatch.

GHASSAN
It’s on?

JUL
This is the one where it’s very hot outside…

HAMZI
It’s a quality show, it is. You can see the quality.

JAMILA
(to Adham)

Tell me why it’s complicated.

JUL
…So everyone jumps in the water without their clothes on.

JAMILA
(to Adham)

Can you?

GHASSAN
Well don’t tell us. Let us see it.

Jamila walks over to the TV, turns the volume down.

HAMZI
Don’t do that! We can barely here it as it is!

JAMILA
He just said he wanted to SEE it. You can see it.

(to her father)

They’ve seen this episode already.

ADHAM
Turn it back up.

She sighs, turns it up, makes a show of sitting down and opening her book. Over the sound of the TV:

GHASSAN
I remember this one: The president of the U.S. comes, but there’s no one to make sure he doesn’t drown.

HAMZI
It’s not one of my top ten. But it’s still good.

JAMILA
Wait. Can we have the show or the side commentary? One or the other?

GHASAAN
Walah…?

JAMILA
I’m trying to study!

ADHAM
You want a library, go to a library.