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BORDERS: QUEERING THE MIDDLE (EAST)
February 24, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm
In partnership with Dirty Laundry Theater, and The Tank, The Center presents a special panel discussion about ‘Queer life in the middle east’ with the director and actors of the upcoming production of “Borders”.
‘Borders’, written by Nimrod Danishman and directed by Michael R. Piazza unfolds the story of two gay men who meet on Grindr. Boaz lives in Israel, and George in Lebanon. During the course of their virtual relationship they examine the meaning of borders—real and imagined, physical and not—and how isolation and companionship manifest in modern time.
In our panel discussion, we will explores what it means to connect with another human in the virtual space and the relationship between virtual space and physical life in a highly politicized and hyper-virtual world.
Our audience is welcome to watch the show before or after the panel. Tickets can be found here: dirtylaundrytheatre.org/show/borders.
RSVP required at: https://gaycenter.org/borders/
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Michael R. Piazza (Director) is a director, actor, and theater educator based in New York City. Directing: the East Coast premiere of Marja-Lewis Ryan’s award-winning play One in the Chamber in Washington DC, Brunch in Babel at the New York Theater Festival, and Romeo and Juliet, The Lottery, and The Fall of the City (also adaptor) for the Atlantic Acting School. Acting: Tales from the Rabbit Hole, The Book of Esther (Joust Theater Co.), Empire Travel Agency (Woodshed Collective), Romeo and Juliet (Northwest Passage), The Tenant (Woodshed Collective), The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs (Atlantic Theater), and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Pipeline Theater Co.). Michael is a teaching artist with multiple organizations serving all five boroughs, was an adjunct professor at The College of Mount Saint Vincent, and was a faculty member for ten years at the Atlantic Acting School. Michael graduated with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Eli M Schoenfeld (Boaz) is a multidisciplinary American-Israeli award-winning actor, singer, and performance-maker. A graduate of both the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio, his work has been seen on television, film, and in various live performance settings in Israel, the UK and Europe, and the US. For more info, visit elischoenfeld.com.
Adrian Rifat (George) is a Cuban-American actor of Lebanese descent, who’s very excited to jump back on stage with this moving project! Most recent credits include a mainstay with Ragtag Theatre Company and a guest actor for the School of Visual Arts. Other credits include HAIR (Arizona Broadway Theatre), Seussical, and Marry Me A Little (The Gallery Players). LET’S PLAY! adrianrifat.com