Set in the weeks just prior to the Egyptian revolution known as Arab Spring, VEILS follows Intisar, an African-American Muslim student, who enrolls for a year abroad at the American Egyptian University in Cairo, thinking she will finally feel like she belongs. Her new Egyptian roommate, Samar, has different views – particularly about the practice of veiling – and yearns to have greater freedom of expression as a journalist. As the political and personal turmoils build, the two young women struggle to find individual and cultural identity, and to find a way forward together.
Tom Coash wrote this play based on his experiences teaching at the American University in Cairo from 1996 to 2000, and VEILS won an American Theatre Critics Association “M. Elizabeth Osborn Award” for Best New Play by an Emerging Playwright as well as an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, and was one of six finalists for the prestigious Steinberg/ATCA award.
Friday, 9/16: 8:00 pm
Saturday 9/17: 2:00 pm
Sunday 9/18: 2:00 pm
Tickets available through The Pear Theatre