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ABRAHAM'S DAUGHTERS Gets Reprised Staged Reading at Bernie Wohl Center

ABRAHAM'S DAUGHTERS, by Emma Goldman-Sherman, will receive a reprised staged reading as part of the 29th Street Playwrights Collective New Works Series on Monday, December 12, 7pm, at the Bernie Wohl Center.

The play was first presented at Urban Stages on 9/11 2016 as part of the Lady Liberty Festival to combat Islamophobia, and further developed at Intersections this December.

ABRAHAM'S DAUGHTERS, by Emma Goldman-Sherman, explores issues of identity (Jewish-American, Palestinian, Muslim, lesbian), oppression, occupation and feminism.

ABRAHAM'S DAUGHTERS is set during the first Intifada at the same moment the Oslo Accords were being developed in the summer of 1993. Based on the story of Abraham, Sarah, and Haajar, and inspired by firsthand accounts of Palestinian refugees in Gaza, Ramallah and Nablus, ABRAHAM'S DAUGHTERS is the story of Abraham Abramowitz, a Jew from Queens, who moves to Tel Aviv to bury his wife and live out his final days in the hopes of achieving his destiny as the Father of Nations. When he finds his previously unknown Palestinian Muslim family, he struggles to get his American descendants to accept them as kin.

Directed by Lorca Peress (Multistages Artistic Director), with Dahlia Azama (Veil'd -- The Women's Project Theater), Ron Cohen (This Lingering Life, Sonnets 3 and 22, New York Shakespeare Exchange Sonnet Project), Valerie David (The Pink Hulk: One Woman's Journey to Find the Superhero Within), Hannah Roze (originated the role of Marie Marville in The Final Days of Vincent Van Gogh), and two-time Helen Hayes Award recipient, Salma Shaw (This Time).

Emma Goldman-Sherman is a playwright, teacher and the Resident Dramaturg of 29th Street Playwrights Collective and Great Plains Theatre Conference. She teaches playwriting and poetry/spoken word to adults and at-risk youth via New York Writers Workshop. Recent plays include Hare Today for #Every28Hours, a response to Ferguson, and Traffick for the 1 Minute Play Festival at the New Ohio this past June. She was named a Risky Playwright by Cutting Ball Theatre of San Francisco for 2014 and 2015.

The staged reading is free and open to the public. RSVP through Eventbrite.

Presented by the 29th Street Playwrights Collective NEW WORKS SERIES 2016 at Goddard Riverside's Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Ave @ 92nd St New York, NY.

29th Street Playwright Collective New Works Series is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

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