written and performed by Najla Said
Directed by Sturgis Warner
at 6420 16th Street, Berwyn
In Palestine, Najla Saïd provides a unique and personal passage into one of the most volatile and historic corners of the earth with compassion, humor and honesty. Raised in privilege on New York City’s Upper West Side (where many of her best friends were Jewish), Najla recounts a family trip to the Middle East to visit her father’s homeland when she was a teenager. Anorexic and depressed, obsessed with boys and the beach, Najla takes audiences on a whirlwind tour from kissing Jewish boys to encounters with world figures including Yasser Arafat. Najla’s father, Edward Saïd, was a professor at Columbia University and, until his death in 2003, a worldwide spokesman for Palestine and the Middle East.
Running time is 100 minutes with no intermission.