Finally! A one woman show about being a Palestinian-American.
“’I HEART HAMAS: AND OTHER THINGS I’M AFRAID TO TELL YOU’
Writer/star Jennifer Jajeh and award-winning director W. Kamau Bell
To premiere challenging, humorous look at life as a
Palestinian-American in Los Angeles in February 2011
January 31, 2011 (Los Angeles, CA) — I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I’m Afraid to Tell You, a critically-acclaimed raw look at life as a 30-something Palestinian-American woman, will make its Los Angeles premiere on February 11th, 2011. Presented by Theatre Asylum and the Levantine Cultural Center, writer and star Jennifer Jajeh will bring her personal story to a Los Angeles audience for a 4-week run.
With the current ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, the threat of global terrorism, and the never-ending negotiations and hostilities between Israelis and Palestinians, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed by all of the bad international news. That’s exactly how Jennifer Jajeh feels. And to make matters worse, 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.
In her tragicomic solo theatre show, I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I’m Afraid to Tell You, Jennifer tries to figure it out for herself. Join her on American and Palestinian soil on auditions, bad dates, and across military checkpoints as she navigates the thorny terrain around 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, recognized by NYTheatre.com as “a fascinating look into a world we don’t often see or hear about,” 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.
Jennifer Jajeh is a Los Angeles based actor, writer and independent filmmaker. She has appeared in over three-dozen film, television, commercial and theater productions over the past five years, and can soon be heard on her Internet talk show, In Bed with Jen Jajeh. In addition to her work as an actor, she has produced and directed several short video projects. Her work has been profiled in numerous media outlets and appeared at the MOMA (New York), on PBS, in collections distributed by National Video Resources and Charles Street Video, as well as at national and international appearances within media outlets, film festivals, museums, art galleries, and universities.
I Heart Hamas is directed by W. Kamau Bell (The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour, Comedy Central, Live 105).Noted by SF Weekly as “smart, stylist, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle and Margaret Cho,” Bell was honored as their pick for 2008 Bay Area Comedian of the Year. As a solo theatre director, Bell has helmed “don’t make me look too psychotic”, “F**king Handicapped Guy”, “Miss-Matches.com“, and “Love, Humiliation, Karaoke”. He founded and directs SF’s Solo Performance Workshop, an incubator for new solo talent.
I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I’m Afraid to Tell You will run from February 11 through March 5, 2011, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, at the Theatre Asylum. The Theatre Asylum is located at 6320 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90038.