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Tales of a City by the Sea ()

Produced by

Canadian Friends of Sabeel

Playwright: Samah Sabawi
Director: Rahaf Fasheh


Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace


December 6th, 2019 – December 15th, 2019


Jomana, a Palestinian woman living in a Gaza refugee camp, falls in love with Rami, an American-born Palestinian doctor and activist who has just arrived on one of the first Free Gaza boats in 2008. Their love is met with a relentless string of challenges. Ultimately, Rami must decide between returning to his comfortable life in Texas and staying in Palestine with Jomana. Choosing to stay means leaving his family and career behind for a life ravaged by war, while leaving means not only losing Jomana but also ignoring the plight of the Palestinians.

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. (


Saja Kilani Jomana
Anas Hasan Rami
Liana Bdewi Lama
Maher Sinno Ali
Basel Daoud Abu Ahmad
May Tartoussy Samira
Khira Wieting Homeland Security 1
Kody Poisson Homeland Security 2
Naseem Reesha Mohanad
Nawal Hamdan Um Ahmad / Nurse

Creative Team

Samah Sabawi Playwright
Rahaf Fasheh Director
Shireen Abu Kader Music Director
Natalie Fasheh Music Director
Kayla Chaterji Set Designer
Mira Salti Costume Designer
Lidia Foote Lighting Designer
Matt Lalonde Sound Designer
Rolla Bahsous Dramaturge
Taranjot Bamrah Assistant Director
Yara Salama Set Design Team
Jackie McCowan Set Design Team
Noor Kilani Assistant Costume Designer
Karam Chakkour 'Mautini' Arrangement
Aseel Tayeh Song 'Rahoo' Composition


Shireen Abu Kader Singer
Natalie Fasheh Singer


Oriana Di Nucci Stage Manager
Ahlam Hassan Stage Manager
Christina Kozak Assistant Stage Manager
Dina Kawar Assistant Stage Manager
Yara Shoufani Production Manager
Ahlam Hassan Promotions
Daniel Austin-Boyd Props Manager
Alain Chamsi Preliminary Consultant
Malak Abu Atal Photographer
Zainoun Khouri Photographer
Zainoun Khouri Videographer
Haya Fasheh Graphic Designer
Tina Dahdal Painting


David Fisher Mainspace Technician