Baghdad to Brooklyn – Nov 15

Thursday Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm
with dessert reception
Social Hall, Temple Beth Emeth

Written and Performed by Michelle Azar
Drama, comedy, storytelling, movement, music, 65 min.

Peace is not a political event; it is a personal choice to conquer fear. This show explores a young girl’s balancing act between her Middle Eastern heritage and her Jewish-American culture. Confronting her upbringing, she reveals a timely story of a family’s love, dysfunction and redemption set against the backdrop of Brooklyn in the 1920’s and Iraq and Israel in the 1940’s.

Take a look and see what Michelle’s one woman play is all about!

Ms. Azar describes her show as having a “unique spirit, seeing this American grappling with these very different worlds. She tries to embody her grandmother and her father, among others. “My dad is funny — his accent, his line of reasoning. There’s a great amount of humor and some pathos, as well as interesting music,” including Broadway songs, Iraqi prayer melodies, and Hebrew and Yiddish songs. Her original goal, she said, was to “protect some version of my father’s honor” while acknowledging the fears some Americans harbor of people from the Middle East.

TBE’s Dave Gitterman is the piano accompanist for Michelle.

Purchase tickets now. Adult $20. Student (with ID at door) $15.