DHANA AND THE ROSEBUDS
Devised and Created by Federica Cellini

Based on a screenplay by Federica Cellini and Giulia Corda
November 1-23 2019
Performances: Friday - Saturday @ 8PM | Sundays @ 4PM | Saturday @ 2PM (Nov. 9, 23) | Thursday @ 8PM (Nov. 15, 21)

Home. When do you leave home? Have you ever been forced to leave home? What reminds you of home? As war, violence, and the climate crisis continue to force people around the world to migrate and leave their homes behind, Dhana and the Rosebuds explores these themes through a poetic lens. Dance, movement, and sound reveal the intimate history of Dhana - a young Syrian woman, now a career scientist living in New York - who forgot about her past. When she thinks she sees her estranged grandmother on television among the refugees crossing the border in the Balkans, she decides to go and find her. Join Ally this November for a spiritual journey into place and time as Dhana makes her way to the heart of the migration emergency - across oceans, through refugee camps, bus and train stations - to find her grandmother, her roots, and ultimately herself.

 

MEET THE CREATOR

Federica Cellini’s professional journey is an evolving experiment on trying to explore and present each story with surgical specificity and imaginative visuals.

Director and artist with a journalistic background, she uses various media in her research, exploring them all to the fullest, mostly focusing on social issues and current affairs such as migration and the refugee crisis, telling intimate stories with global resonance.

She directed several award-winning documentaries. Her artwork Draunara, designed to raise awareness about the desperate migrants landing on the shores of Lampedusa, was exhibited in the most important Italian contemporary art museums: Castello di Rivoli, Turin, and MAXXI in Rome. Her installation, Ornella dove sei, shot right before the war in Syria, portrays the customers of the souq market of Aleppo.

Her experience includes also reportage and television shows she wrote and hosted, on the Italian public channel RAI.
 

ABOUT THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Allison is a director, actor, and dancer residing in Washington, DC. She is an alumna of the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory, where she recently completed Joy Zinoman’s Directing intensive. She holds a BFA in Theatre and Minor in Dance from Stephens College. Recent directing credits include Dear America (Voices Unbarred) and Pride of Doves (Action to the Word Theatre Company).



Featuring
     
Dina Soltan
as Dhana
  Mariam Hathor
as Young Dhana
  Jane Petkofsky
as Nour
  Valerie Fenton*
as Julia
             
     
Lauren Kieler
as Ensemble
  Anika Harden
as Ensemble
  Natasha Preston
as Ensemble
  Chelsea Thaler
as Ensemble

* = member of the Actor's Equity Association


production staff
 
Alex Davis
Production Manager
  Jayla Felder
Stage Manager
  Jessica Utz
Costume Design
         
Asia-Twi McCallum
Sound Design
  Jeniffer Leon
Lighting Design
   



November 1-23, 2019
Fridays - Saturdays @ 8PM
Sundays @ 4PM
Saturday @ 2PM (Nov. 9 and 23)
Thursday @ 8PM (Nov. 15 and 21)
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$25 General Admission
$15 Students and Veterans


AT JOE'S MOVEMENT EMPORIUM
3309 Bunker Hill Road
Mount Rainier, MD 20712
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SPECIAL PERFORMANCE:
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2019
(Tickets just $10)

 
     


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JOE'S MOVEMENT EMPORIUM
3309 Bunker Hill Road
Mt. Rainier, MD 20712
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