Directors’ Showcase: Tales of A City by the Sea in Toronto Dec 6, 7 & 8

Identity. Hope. Resilience.  Tales of A City by the Sea is based on real-life experiences during the 2008-2009 Israeli bombardment of Gaza. It follows a long-distance love story, an illegal underground journey, a tragic loss of a family, and the unconditional urge to continue to find hope within an open-air prison. By uniting poetry, comedy, and tragedy, the play explores the love between those who have choices, and those who do not. It begs the question of the importance of sustaining one’s heritage and identity. The playwright, Samah Sabawi, expresses how this hour-long journey is inspired by “the strength and defiance of ordinary people in Palestine, who despite the horrific war, siege, and brutality of the Israeli Occupation, still insist that life is worth living and love is worth celebrating.”

When and Where

Thursday, December 06, 2018 8:00 pm to 9:10 pm
Friday, December 07, 2018 8:00 pm to 9:10 pm
Saturday, December 08, 2018 3:00 pm to 4:10 pm
Robert Gill Theatre
Koffler Student Services Centre
214 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 3A1
On instagram  @UT_talesofacity
Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended at



Jomana- Saja Kilani

Rami- Prithvi Kahlon

Lama/ Officer 1- Dina Kawar

Ali/ Officer 2- Maher Sinno

Abu Ahmad/ Mohanad- Matt Lalonde

Samira/Nurse- Taranjot Bamrah

Songs by- Aseel Tayah

Creative/Production Team

Set Design– Snezana Pesic

Costume Design– Mira Salti

Lighting Design – Dave Degrow

Sound Design– Dave Degrow

Lighting and Sound Assistant– Lisa Li

Props Manager– Ceilidh Carberry
Stage Manager– Christina Kozak

Assistant Stage Managers– Cankurt Perek and Daisy Duan

Production Manager– Giuseppe Condello

Technical Director– Paul Stoesser

Communications Coordinator – Julie Phillips

Promotional Manager– Ahlam Hassan

Poster Design– Tamara Habesch

Course Instructors – Leah Cherniak, Janice Fraser, and Snezana Pesic

Teaching Assistants – Julia Mattias and David

Special Thanks: Haya Fasheh, Rana Zu’mot, Ramzi Fasheh, Peter Freund, Lara Week, and Linda Phillips.

One thought on “Directors’ Showcase: Tales of A City by the Sea in Toronto Dec 6, 7 & 8

  1. Ari December 10, 2018 / 6:20 am

    what a great play! what a great script!


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