Directors' Showcase: Tales of A City by the Sea

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


Tales of A City by the Sea
Written by Samah Sabawi
Directed by Rahaf Fasheh

“And no matter how the conditions are adverse, over here we have learnt to defy the universe.”

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.”

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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.