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Flight of the Ibis Productions, Center for Jewish, Christian Muslim Understanding, and Hillels of Westchester present a staged reading of

“Flight of the Ibis”

a musical theater drama chronicling Muslims, Jews and Christians

in 10th Century Cordoba

featuring Lauren Flanigan, David Margulies and Robert Stattel

Sunday, October 26, at 2:30 PM

Purchase, NY – For nearly three centuries – from 756 to 1031 – a time existed in the world where Muslims, Jews and Christians lived together in harmony. Alan Roland’s thought-provoking play “Flight of the Ibis” tells of an imaginary week in time (based on historical facts) where different faiths all embraced their differences and managed for those three centuries to co-exist in peace.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock will host a staged reading of “Flight of the Ibis,” featuring Lauren Flanigan in the role of Sa’ida, the wife of the Caliph, Robert Stattel as the Caliph, and David Margulies as Joachim, with music by Kinan Azmeh, stage direction by Beth Greenberg, choreography by Korhan Basaran, and projections designed by Dennis Parichy. The staged reading with be followed by an interfaith discussion with panelists representing Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions.

Playwright Alan Roland, a psychoanalyst on the faculty of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis, is well known for his seminal writings on cross-cultural psychology with Asians and Asian Americans (Indians, Japanese, South Koreans, and Chinese). He has written three books on the subject: In Search of Self in India and Japan: Toward a Cross-Cultural Psychology, Princeton University Press; Cultural Pluralism and Psychoanalysis: The Asian and North American Experience, Routledge; and Journeys to Foreign Selves: Asians and Asian Americans in a Global Era, Oxford University Press, 2011. He has also had published, Dreams and Drama: Psychoanalytic Criticism, Creativity and the Artist, Continuum (UK) and Wesleyan University Press (USA). He has written the libretto for the opera-oratorio, “War of the Sons of Light” with noted Israeli composer, Ami Maayani.

The one-day only performance will take place on Sunday, October 26, at 2:30 PM in the PepsiCo Theatre at the SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center – 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577.

Tickets – General Public : $20. Students and Faculty: $5. Contact Central Box Office at (914) 251-6200

Click here for the play production flyer

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