The Theatre Communications Group has published a collection of new plays by American writers from a variety of Middle Eastern backgrounds—"exploring," according to a TCG announcement, "the complexities of Middle Eastern identity in America, while also dealing with the ravages of war and violence in their families' homelands." Titled Salaam.Peace: An Anthology of Middle Eastern-American Drama, the collection is touted by TCG as "the first of its kind."
Among the plays included in the book is Ten Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith, by Yussef El Guindi, which received its world premiere from Chicago's Silk Road Theatre Project in 2005. The play stirred controversy among Muslim-Americans here with its portrayal of a disintegrating family dealing with dwindling religious faith, homosexuality, and arranged marriage.
Also included: Between Our Lips by Nathalie Handal, 9 Parts of Desire by Heather Raffo, Desert Sunrise by Misha Shulman, Browntown by Sam Younis, The Black Eyed by Betty Shamieh, and Call Me Mehdi by Torange Yeghiazarian.
The paperback costs $19.95. More information at 212-609-5900 and tcg.org.