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Holy Land (2014)

3rd Kulture Kids
Year Grant Awarded 2013

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After being staged to critical acclaim in 9 countries, 3rd Kulture Kids presented the US premiere of Holy Land at HERE in Spring 2014.

Can we find humor & poetry in extreme situations? Mohamed Kacimi’s compelling and entertaining Holy Land answers this question as five contemporary characters face the devastation of war. A city under siege…Carmen has disappeared at a checkpoint. Her daughter, Imen, must face a soldier’s house search alone. Next door, Alia, a midwife, focuses on preparing her coffee while Yad, her husband, gets away from it all by smoking and drinking. The only hope seems to reside in Jesus: the cat. This dark and humorous story follows two families hanging on to the banality of day-to-day life, at times to the point of insanity, as a way to transcend the atrocities of war.

3rd Kulture Kids is dedicated to providing a voice to multicultural artists, which was reflected in the cast and crew. The play was directed by Tracy Cameron Francis, featuring Obie-Award winner Jojo Gonzalez, Sean Carvajal, Ana Grosse, Pia Haddad and Gil Perez-Abraham. The following are some of the production's reviews:

“the dialogue has a fine laughing-to-keep-from-crying feel” (NY Times)

"it is a play that definitely needs to be seen" (Culturebolt)

“Kacimi’s script is deeply poetic. In the text, the main characters find freedom beyond devastation." (Theater Pizzazz)

“The actors were all committed, all game, all talented” (nytheater now)

"“The use of shadow and light is impressive” (Theater Pizzazz)