Gardens Speak OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    January 6, 2017
    Closing:
    January 9, 2017

    Theater: NYU Tisch School of the Arts Abe Burrows Theatre / 721 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003

    Synopsis: 

    Across Syria, many gardens conceal the dead bodies of activists and protesters who adorned the streets during the early periods of the uprising. These domestic burials play out a continuing collaboration between the living and the dead. The dead protect the living by not exposing them to further danger at the hands of the regime. The living protect the dead by conserving their identities, telling their stories, and not allowing their deaths to become instruments of the regime. Gardens Speak is an interactive sound installation containing the oral histories of ten ordinary people. Each narrative has been carefully constructed with the friends and family members of the deceased to retell their stories as they themselves may have recounted it.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Gardens Speak

    'Gardens Speak,' a Graveside Encounter With Lives Lost in Syria

    Charles Isherwood

    January 8, 2017: It’s a sad truism, or maybe a sad truth, that even the most appalling statistics about the victims of war can over time have a numbing effect. The conflict ripping apart Syria has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, but it has been making headlines for so long that even the most empathetic among us may be growing inured to the horror. Gardens Speak, a stark, moving theater piece by Tania El Khoury, brings us into painful intimacy with the human cost of the war by acquainting us with the life — and the death — of just one of those victims.

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