Los Angeles, you got a great show coming your way. Opening today February 11th, 2011 at the Theatre Asylum, Jennifer Jajeh presents her solo performance show, “I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I’m Afraid to Tell You“. Co-sponsored by the Levantine Cultural Center, “I Heart Hamas” is a tragicomic solo theater show that is an exploration of the performer’s Palestinian American identity as she tries to find herself in the midst of ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, the threat of global terrorism, and the never‐ending negotiations and hostilities between Israelis and Palestinians. Where does Jennifer fit into all of this?
Jennifer is Palestinian. Well, Palestinian American. Or more precisely: a single, Catholic, first generation, Palestinian‐American woman who chooses to return to her parents’ hometown of Ramallah at the start of the Second Intifada. Join her on American and Palestinian soil on auditions, bad dates, and across military checkpoints as she navigates the thorny terrain around her Palestinian identity. Weaving together humor, pop culture references and live theatre, Jajeh explores how she becomes Palestinian‐ized, then politicized and eventually radicalized in a fresh, often funny, searingly honest way.
I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I’m Afraid to Tell You made its world premiere at New York’s International Fringe Festival. Following strong media praise and audience reception, the play premiered in Jajeh’s hometown of San Francisco where it ran for 3 months before moving to Chicago, Minneapolis, Berkeley, Pittsburgh, and Ann Arbor in 2010.
Now that it’s here in Los Angeles, the show will run from February 11 th through March 5, 2011, Fridays and Saturdays 8PM at the Theatre Asylum. The Theatre Asylum is located at 6320 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90038. You can get tickets now for $20 and can be purchased at this link.