Veiled Monologues

The Veiled Monologues
As part of its 30th season Shakespeare & Company-which is known for its commitment to new work of social significance-presents a workshop reading of The Veiled Monologues (De gesluierde monologen), a much talked-about theater show of the Dutch theater director Adelheid Roosen.
Islamic women living in the Netherlands are quite a hot topic these days, whether they like it or not. But what do we really know about them? That’s what intrigued director and playwright Adelheid Roosen. The stories, rituals, beauty and pain of some seventy women were woven into twelve intriguing monologues. A cast of four women from an Islamic background perform these hilarious, shocking and moving monologues to the musical accompaniment of a Turkish saz. Cast: Meral Polat, Nazmiye Oral, Oya Capelle, Sercan Engin.
Shakespeare & Company’s internationally respected training faculty will initially provide professional peer training to The Veiled Monologues cast to help facilitate and complement their language skills for the American stage, and then present a workshop reading.
As a companion piece to The Veiled Monologues, the special one day program will also include excerpts from Ms. Roosen’s Is-Man. Is-Man a deeply poetic work based on Roosen’s interviews with male Islamic immigrants that largely centered on the subject of honor killing, a deeply rooted tradition and phenomenon especially difficult for Westerners to understand. Is-Man confronts the harsh personal, social and psychological difficulties confronting modern Islamic males living in a Western world.

The World Premiere of the English language production of The Veiled Monologues and Is.Man will be presented at St. Ann's Warehouse (early October 2007), with performances of The Veiled Monologues to follow later that month at Yale Repertory Theater and American Repertory Theater.

Shakespeare & Company

August 27, 2007

2:00 PM & 7:00 PM