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The Unbelievers ()

Produced by

Lace Productions

Presented by

The SummerWorks Performance Festival

Playwright: Hannah Rittner
Director: Marina McClure


The Theatre Centre – BMO Incubator


August 5th, 2016 – August 14th, 2016


Northern Iraq: August of 2015. It is one year since ISIS massacred the Yazidi people in Sinjar and began sex-trafficking Yazidi women. The Unbelievers follows Sanaa, a Yazidi woman and Orli, a conflict journalist, after their capture by ISIS. Two women are alone on opposite sides of a crisis; together they must find a way to endure. (


Sarah Baskin Orli
Shadi Shahkhalili Sanaa
Daleela Hisham Ahmed Ensemble
Saba Akhtar Ensemble
Khaliya Hosein Ensemble
Mona Kay Ensemble
Nika Zahedi Neysiani Ensemble
Yasaman Nouri Ensemble
Rafia Afrin Salam Ensemble
Daria Sarrafian Ensemble
Rasha ElSayed Ensemble
Candi Zell Ensemble

Creative Team

Hannah Rittner Playwright
Marina McClure Director
Anahita Dehbonehie Scenographer
Laura Levin Assistant Director


Zoë Ruth Fairless Stage Manager
Zack Lovetime Assistant Stage Manager
Desiree Chan Make-up Artist
Alanna McConnell Set Builder
Zack Lovetime Writers Assistant
Gülay Kilicaslan Kurmanji Translation
Rozin Hanjool Kurmanji Translation
Ahmed Khudida Kurmanji Translation
Amal Ghazal Research
Rozin Hanjool Research
Rita Leistner Research
Shadi Shahkhalili Research
Johnny Walsh Research
Hannah Rittner Creative Director
Joanne Williams Associate Producer
Rachel Stephenson Sheff Development Director
Ashley Peoples Development & Advocacy Associate
Sarah Baskin Company Member
Sue Edworthy Publicist
Sedina Fiati Outreach
Sedina Fiati Communications
Elaine Poon Promotional Photographer
Bronwen Sharp Production Photographer
Andrew Pigott Video Producer