Harabel . . . . . . . . . . . by Jonida Beqo
Written by Jonida Beqo
Directed by Justin Anderson
The show runs about 1:35min
"We’ve had standing ovations before but never in the middle of the performance.”
—Savannah's Creative Loafing
Running Time: 90 minutes, no intermission.
HARABEL TALKBACK PERFORMANCES
(Please remain in the theater after select evening shows for a moderated discussion of our work.)
Friday, November 1
Saturday, November 2
Friday, November 8
Saturday, November 9
Written by: Jonida Beqo
Director: Justin Anderson
Set and Props Designers: Jonida Beqo & Justin Anderson
Costume Designer: Jonida Beqo
Lighting Designer: Chris Whittle
Sound/ Video Designer: Jonathan Summers
Stage Manager: Wendy Palmer*
*Member of Actors' Equity, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
"Jonida Beqo is a performance artist whose gifts transcend genres: she is a poet (an award winner at many prominent poetry slam venues across the nation), a storyteller, and an actress with an astounding gift for movement and dance that I know Martha Graham (whom she reminds me of at times) and Twyla Tharp would applaud. The word “artist” is vastly overused these days; but, truly, that’s what she is. Before this review becomes a complete love letter, I’ll just say that Jonida (she’d want us to call her that) clearly has more talent than any human being should be permitted to have.
She also has a story to tell—a true story of a girl born and raised in Albania for her first 18 years. She experienced the fall of Communism in 1992, a brutal civil war in 1997, and the beginning of ethnic cleansing in the Balkans in 1998. She left her homeland that year and emigrated to the United States. She was alone and 18 years “small,” she says. She also remarks that her destination was “love.”
By the way, “harabel” is the Albanian word for sparrow, birds who roam the world and mostly go unnoticed. These are her words, paraphrased." - Manning Harris, AtlantaINTown
“Harabel was amazing! Truly beautiful, rich, poignant. A tour de force.” -Jasmine Guy, actor-director-dancer (A Different World, Dead Like Me)
“Compelling… a deeply felt and intelligently created piece” – Jan Akers, Artistic Director Theater Emory
Thank you again to our sponsors (listed above).
This program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Major support is provided by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of FCAC.