Harabel . . . . . . . . . . . by Jonida Beqo

Written by Jonida Beqo
Directed by Justin Anderson

Told through a series of theatrical “snapshots”, this riveting one-woman narrative thrills and inspires as recounted by one of Atlanta’s most electrifying performance poets.Each story written in the style of performance poetry captures memories of youth in her native country, the violent exit, first impressions of America, and the transitions from girl to woman, and from stranger to American.
 
The play explores the conflicting nature of these transitions, the emotional landscape of coming of age in the process, and the price of reinventing oneself away from everything familiar and dear.
 
As an emigrant Beqo worked as a seamstress while studying to become a costume designer. In Harabel, the real elements of the sewing machine, the manikins, and the sewing tools are used as the metaphors that cut and patch together the story. They are “the other characters” in this ever shifting landscape.  The play weaves the multicolored threads of this girl’s journey from the war-torn Balkans of the late 1990s to the rural and urban South of today into a breathtaking tapestry of courage, hope, faith and love.

 

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

Artistic Team:

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*

Actors' Equity Association logo   *Member of Actors' Equity, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

 

Press AND PRAISE FOR HARABEL
 
 

"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

Creative Loafing Atlanta: A Few Words With Gypsee Yo

Atlanta InTown Magazine: Gypsee Yo talks about her one woman show, Harabel

Encore Atlanta: Snapshot Gypsee Yo

Encore Atlanta: Theatrical Outfit Season 2013 (Harabel)

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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.

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Harabel . . . . . . . . . . . by Jonida Beqo

October 23, 2013 – November 10, 2013

Preview Performance at 7:30 pm
on October 23, 2013

Preview Performance at 7:30 pm
on October 24, 2013

Preview Performance at 7:30 pm
on October 25, 2013

Opening Performance at 7:30 pm
on October 26, 2013

Matinee Performance at 2:30 pm
on October 27, 2013

Evening Performance at 7:30 pm
on October 30, 2013

$20 Matinee Performance at 2:30 pm
on October 31, 2013

Evening Performance at 7:30 pm
on October 31, 2013

Evening Performance with Talkback at 7:30 pm
on November 1, 2013

$20 Matinee Performance at 2:30 pm
on November 2, 2013

Evening Performance with Talkback at 7:30 pm
on November 2, 2013

Matinee Performance at 2:30 pm
on November 3, 2013

Evening Performance at 7:30 pm
on November 6, 2013

Evening Performance at 7:30 pm
on November 7, 2013

Evening Performance with Talkback at 7:30 pm
on November 8, 2013

Matinee Performance at 2:30 pm
on November 9, 2013

Evening Performance with Talkback at 7:30 pm
on November 9, 2013

Matinee Performance at 2:30 pm
on November 10, 2013

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