MAHALLA

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THE TEAM

Written & Directed by: Melissa Moschitto

Devised by: the Ensemble 

Performances by: Jenna Bosco, Rafael DeLeon, Mariah Freda, Pooya Mohseni 

Scenic Design: Sarah Edkins 

​​Costume Design: Kathleen Doyle

Sound Design: Andy Cohen

Lighting Design: Porsche McGovern

Dramaturgy: Jesse Freedman

Associate Producer: Santino Lo

Contributing Artists: Dahlia Azama (Actress), Louise Gough (Dramaturgical Advisor), Joe Brofcak (workshop Stage Manager)

Fusing together found text, dance and real life events, The Anthropologists interweave two stories of the fight against oppression: one ancient and one modern. Inspired by the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, MAHALLA captures the spirit of the Arab Spring and juxtaposes it with the Passover story of the Jews' escape from the hands of the Pharaoh. MAHALLA is a vibrant collaborative creation investigating the intersections between food, ritual, storytelling and the pursuit of freedom. 

Mahalla - Berkshire Fringe.jpg

THE TEAM

Written & Directed by: Melissa Moschitto

Devised by: the Ensemble 

Performances by: Jenna Bosco, Rafael DeLeon, Mariah Freda, Pooya Mohseni 

Scenic Design: Sarah Edkins 

​​Costume Design: Kathleen Doyle

Sound Design: Andy Cohen

Lighting Design: Porsche McGovern

Dramaturgy: Jesse Freedman

Associate Producer: Santino Lo

Contributing Artists: Dahlia Azama (Actress), Louise Gough (Dramaturgical Advisor), Joe Brofcak (workshop Stage Manager)

PRODUCTION, DEVELOPMENT + TOURING HISTORY

2013

 

World Premiere - July
The Berkshire Fringe
(Great Barrington, MA)

2012

 

Workshop Production - June
Developed at the inaugural OPEN Residency for New Jewish Plays hosted by the Jewish Plays Project and the 14th Street Y

Funding Support

The Puffin Foundation 
 

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“... it will surprise and delight audiences with innovative staging and use of movement and dance.”
(In The Spotlight)

"The individual threads are compelling-and so were the performances"
(The Valley Advocate)

“MAHALLA from the Anthropologists is hypnotic to watch...” (BroadwayWorld.com)

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INVESTIGATE

  • Visit our Research Site to view the source material and historical documents used to create the script.

  • View our Pinterest page for the visual inspiration behind the show.

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