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The Widow ()

Produced by

Triple A Productions

Presented by

The SummerWorks Performance Festival

Director: Mark Cassidy
Playwright: Amir Al-Azraki


Pia Bouman: Scotiabank Studio Theatre


August 7th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014


Nour, a widow from the 2003 Iraq War, sets out to claim a new life for herself by initiating an affair with Samir, an outspoken young college teacher. But after receiving threats from a religious militia group in response to comments he made in class, Samir flees Iraq, leaving Nour to deal with the consequences of their relationship.  As a refugee in Canada, Samir finds himself jobless and lonely, and returns to Iraq to be with Nour, in spite of his family’s warnings. A vivid and captivating portrait of love and upheaval against the backdrop of contemporary Iraq from exciting young playwright, Amir Al-Azraki.  (


Omar Hady Samir
Nessya Dayan Nour
Christine Aziz The Mother
Jack Messinger The Father
Youness Robert-Tahiri Ali / Ahmed

Creative Team

Mark Cassidy Director
Amir Al-Azraki Playwright
Robert Fothergill Dramaturge
Laura Andrew Set Designer
Laura Andrew Costume Designer
Jareth Li Lighting Designer
Peter Cassidy Sound Designer


Ana-Marija Stojic Stage Manager
Byron Laviolette Producer


Joseph Patrick Venue Technician
Joseph Patrick Festival Lighting Designer
Andrew Brodkin Venue Technician