Tuesday, December 04, 2012

F7ALI F7ALEK - The Musical - Comes to Fez

Morocco’s own tragic love story, inspired by the classic American musical West Side Story, is coming to the Fez Medina. Under the same sky as Romeo and Juliet, Tony and Maria, and Morocco’s own Isli and Tislit, two unlikely lovers find themselves caught between rival gangs in modern-day Morocco.

After a successful four night run at the Kasbah Museum in Tangier in November, the F7ALI F7ALEK team is excited to bring the Moroccan Arabic language production south to Fez. Director George Bajalia, a Fulbright grantee and a Chicago-based theatre artist, and New York theatre producer, Tom Casserly (2012 Tony Nomination, Peter and the Starcatcher), teamed up with Tangier’s Zakaria Alilech to breath new life into an old story.

Featuring some of Leonard Bernstein’s iconic songs, as well as contributions from local Andalusian musicians, this performance on Saturday December 8th at the Cultural Complex Sidi Mohammed ben Youssef is sure to be unlike any other. Entry is free and the performance will begin at 8:15 pm.

In association with the American Language Centers in Morocco, F7ALI F7ALEK is sponsored by a U.S. Embassy Cultural Affairs grant to the American Cultural Association. This performance in Fes is made possible by the American Language Center Fes and the Arabic Language Institute.

Check out Joe Lukawski’s review of the show for The View From Fez, as well as the video he put together about the performance with the help of Hugo Massa.   Click here to watch the video in French.


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