The Vagrant Trilogy by Mona Mansour is set to make its Off-Broadway premiere at The Public, but has delayed its opening night to May 8 from April 25 due to a COVID case within the company. The production, which was extended, runs through May 15.
Originally slated to run in 2020, the original production was cancelled days before its first performance due to the pandemic shutdown. Along with the cast, the creative team announced for the 2020 run have also returned for its long-awaited run which has been interrupted.
Directed by Obie Award-winner Mark Wing-Davey, The Vagrant Trilogy is an exploration of the Palestinian struggle for home and identity that unfolds over three parts. It begins with Adham, a scholar, going to London in 1967 with his wife and being faced with a decision of what to do when war breaks out back home in Palestine. His decision is played out in two alternate realities in the second and third parts. Each actor plays multiple roles for a total of 19 characters across three generations and multiple decades.
Starring in the show are Tala Ashe as Abir, Ramsey Faragallah as Ghassan, Osh Ashruf as Hamzi, Nadine Malouf as Jamile, Rudy Roushdi as Jul, and Hadi Tabbal as Adham. Bassam Abdelfattah, Caitlin Nasema Cassidy, and Nuah Ozryel are understudies. The cast returns after being originally brought on for the 2020 run at The Public.
Wing-Davey leads a team comprising scenic designer Allen Moyer, costume designer Dina El-Aziz, lighting designer Reza Behjat, sound designers Tye Hunt Fitzgerald and Sinan Refik Zafar, and video designer Greg Emetaz. Hair, wig, and make-up design is by Tom Watson, with Susan Barras and Alexander Wylie serving as prop managers, Caroline Englander as production stage manager, and Luisa Sánchez Colón as stage manager.
For tickets and more information, visit PublicTheater.org.