“Is/Me” comes to the stage this weekend, December 19th and 20th 2019 at the Junction Theatre at Alserkal, Dubai. Book your tickets here!
I met with Saudi Arabian-American playwright and director, Nourah Almaiman and her brother, production manager Dr. Ahmad Almaiman on a late night at the Emirates Towers Youth Hub. True to her name, Nourah lit up the room when she arrived, brimming with excitement and passion for her upcoming monologue creation, “Is/Me.”
I’m incredibly honored to be the first person outside the show with whom Nourah has discussed the details and thought-framework behind “Is/Me,” as she has kept the content quite under wraps. Even parts of the monologue remain unrevealed to her actors, Kristian Kolandjian and Gabrielle Meli whose performances will push audiences to mull four sensitive and sometimes controversial topics that explore what it means to be human in difficult circumstances.
Without a doubt, Is/Me promises to be an emotionally intense and powerful play. In keeping with the director’s wishes, I will not be revealing the topics of the show but can only encourage you to keep an open mind, absorb and analyze how these characters’ experiences can change your perception of society and decision-making at crucial points in our or another’s life.
“This show means so much to me as it’s the climax of my time as an actor in Dubai, as I’m moving away in January,” expressed Kristian. “I’m aiming to put on my best performance and go out with a bang, making certain I’ve left my mark on the Dubai drama scene.”
Gabrielle sees Is/Me as an “exploration of the ancestral lineage of names interwoven with topical social events that deserve to be shown without stigma by focusing on people’s personal stories dealing with life.”
Is/Me seeks the correlation and impact of a name upon one’s personality and life experiences in relation to tragedy and success. Nourah, Gabrielle and Kristian’s research and soul-searching in order to create a piece of art like this is something that should not be missed.
I usually audio record my #nikitalyfe interviews, but with Nourah I felt like I wanted you to e-meet her for youself — in all her frank, unapologetic emotive awesomeness. Please join the experience of sitting with Nourah and Ahmad in our soundproof Youth Hub pod in the videos below 🙂