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An Evening with the Cast & Creatives of The Vagrant Trilogy

Mar 2, 2020

Please join Lebanese American University in New York for an evening with the cast & creatives of the Vagrant Trilogy, opening March 17 at the Public Theater. Mona Mansour, award-winning playwright and alum of The Public’s Emerging Writer’s Group, delves into the Palestinian struggle for home and identity in The Vagrant Trilogy, a single epic story told in three parts.

March 2, 2020, 6-8pm at LAU NY

6pm – Reception with refreshments and snacks

7pm – Discussion of the show featuring:

Mona Mansour, Playwright

Mark Wing-Davey, Director

Jesse Cameron Alick, Company Dramaturg

7:30 – Scene from the show featuring Hadi Tabbal, Actor

Mona Mansour is an American playwright of Middle Eastern descent. She has been a member of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group and a Playwrights’ Center Core Writer.

Mark Wing-Davey is the director of The Vagrant Trilogy. He lives in NYC and is Chair of Graduate Acting at NYU.

Jesse Cameron Alick is a poet, playwright, producer, and Zen Master. Jesse is the Literary Manager at the Public Theater.

Hadi Tabbal is a New York City-based writer and actor. 

*Panelists and schedule subject to change

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Mona Mansour, award-winning playwright and alum of The Public’s Emerging Writer’s Group, delves into the Palestinian struggle for home and identity in THE VAGRANT TRILOGY, a single epic story told in three parts.

In 1967, Adham, a Palestinian Wordsworth scholar, goes to London with his new wife to deliver a lecture. When war breaks out at home, he must decide in an instant what to do – a choice that will affect the rest of his life. The two parts that follow explore alternate realities based on that decision. Each part in the trilogy speaks to the others, together painting a rare and moving picture of Palestinian displacement and a refugee’s life of permanent impermanence.

Featuring six actors in nineteen different roles, Mansour’s drama spans four decades and three generations of a family uprooted by war and politics. Obie Award winner and Drama Desk Award nominee Mark Wing-Davey directs this sweeping new epic about the poetry and pain of losing the place called home.

Directed by Mark Wing-Davey, The Vagrant Trilogy begins performances in the LuEsther Hall on Tuesday, March 17 with a Joseph Papp Free Preview performance, and will run through Sunday, April 26 with an official press opening on Wednesday, April 1.

Purchase a ticket here. Tickets may also be purchased by phone at 212.967.7555 and in person at the Taub Box Office, located at 425 Lafayette St.

Mona_Headshot.jpgMONA MANSOUR (Playwright). We Swim, We Talk, We Go To War (Golden Thread; director Evren Odcikin). The Vagrant Trilogy (Mosaic Theater; director Mark Wing-Davey). The Hour of Feeling (Humana Festival; director Mark Wing-Davey); new Arabic translation presented at NYU Abu Dhabi (Arab Voices Festival). Urge for Going (The Public; director Hal Brooks) and Golden Thread (director Evren Odcikin). The Vagrant: commissioned by The Public; workshopped at Sundance Theater Institute. The Way West: LAByrinth, Village Theater, Steppenwolf, Marin Theatre Company. Emerging Writers Group alumna. Commissions: Playwrights Horizons, La Jolla, and OSF’s American Revolutions. Awards: Whiting, Middle East America Playwright, MacDowell Colony.


MARK WING-DAVEY (Director) is Chair of Graduate Acting at NYU. The Public: Troilus and Cressida, Henry V, School of the Americas, Silence Cunning Exile, 36 Views, Unconditional, The Singing Forest, The Skriker. Off-Broadway: NYTW, MTC, Lincoln Center, Playwrights Horizons, LAByrinth, Recent work: Nina Raine’s Consent; Francis Turnly’s The Great Wave (Berkeley Rep). He has directed new work by Caryl Churchill, Sarah Ruhl, Mona Mansour, Naomi Iizuka, Carson Kreitzer, Rinne Groff, José Rivera, Keith Reddin, Brett Leonard, Adam Rapp, Tony Kushner, and Craig Lucas, among others, and is currently working on two operas and Jean Genet’s The Screens in a new translation by Caryl Churchill.

Jesse_Headshot_Web.jpgJesse Cameron Alick (Company Dramaturg) is a poet, playwright, producer, and Zen Master. Jesse is the Company Dramaturg at the Public Theater, where he manages the flow of plays in and out of the building, reads and sees a very high volume of plays, and feeds plays into the Public’s season pipeline. He runs the Emerging Writers Group and manages such programs as New Work Now and Public Studio, while also providing dramaturgical support and serving as an artist liaison. Outside the Public, Jesse is also a freelance journalist and essayist. Jesse studied writing with playwright Adrienne Kennedy and has taught for the theater department at Lewis and Clark College.


Hadi Tabbal. Regional: The Vagrant Trilogy (Mosaic Theater, DC), The Hour of Feeling (Humana Festival). Film: Circumstance (Sundance Audience Award). Tabbal is best known for playing Amir Al-Raisani on NBC’s “The Brave”. Other TV (Selected): “Lincoln Rhyme” (NBC), “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC), “FBI” (CBS), “The Blacklist” (NBC). MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. Past artistic associate for The Sundance Theater Institute and recipient of a Fulbright Grant.



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