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In Algeria They Know My Name
Mizna and Dreamland Arts present In Algeria They Know My Name. Written and performed by Taous Khazem, direction and dramaturgy by Zaraawar Mistry.

In Algeria, they say you don't marry one finger, you marry all ten. In this heartfelt and humorous one woman play, Minnesota-raised Taous Khazem travels to her father's homeland to work as a theater artist, and unexpectedly falls in love with an Algerian clown. Caught in between traditions, religions and misconceptions, Taous struggles to find a sense of belonging in a foreign land, but ultimately discovers a fresh meaning of home, family, art and bicycle rides.

"Khazem is an engaging performer who lets the story unfold in a natural, conversational way. Using a handful of travel crates packed with props from her experiences in Algeria, Khazem builds a rich world full of fussy in-laws, angry journalists . . . and tres cool friends." --Ed Huyck, City Pages

Friday-Sunday, April 15-17, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $5-$15 (Pay What You Can)
Buy tickets online and get 25% off at Groundswell

See below for the full PDF press release, including information on another appearance by Taous April 23 in Leyya Tawil's experimental dance piece!


Also check out Mizna's interview with Taous to learn more about the play and see some action shots of rehearsal.

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Taous Khazem has worked as a theater artist in Algeria, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, France, and Cameroon in addition to her work in the Twin Cities. She stars in the hit Algerian sit-com Sultan Achour 10. Closer to home she has performed with Theatre Unbound, Pangea World Theater, Frank Theatre, Savage Umbrella, and Off Leash Area and has appeared in numerous local television commercials and print ads. She teaches theater to youth with Children's Theatre, SteppingStone Theatre, and is on the COMPAS artist roster. She has been a staff teaching artist, director, and performer at Interact Center, creating professional productions with adults with disabilities since 2012. She toured her first one-woman show Tizi Ouzou nationally and internationally. She was awarded an Artist Initiative Grant to create her second solo show In Algeria They Know My Name, which was presented in a three play series at Mixed Blood Theatre and produced by New Arab American Theatre Works. Taous received a Many Voices Mentorship at the Playwright's Center and numerous grants from the French government to create theater in Algeria. Taous trained at the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris, France, and holds a BA in theater and French from Macalester College. Learn more about Taous's work at taousclairekhazem.com.

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Born in India, Zaraawar Mistry is a theater artist based in St. Paul. He and his wife, Leslye Orr, own and operate Dreamland Arts, a 40-seat theater attached to their house through an underground passage. Zaraawar has worked as an actor and director at the Guthrie Theater, Children's Theater, Mixed Blood Theater, Theater Mu, and Ragamala Dance. He has written and performed in four one man plays, and mentored over a dozen actors, musicians and puppeteers in developing and producing their solo works. He was the director and dramaturg for Taous’ first one woman show, Tizi Ouzou. Zaraawar has an M.F.A. in theater from UC, San Diego and a B.A. from Bennington College in Vermont. He currently also works as the Artist Resources Coordinator at Springboard for the Arts. More at
dreamlandarts.com/mistry.


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This production is supported in part by a grant to Mizna from the McKnight Foundation. The play premiered at Mixed Blood Theater in the New Arab American Theater Works Festival in July 2015, directed and dramaturged by Zaraawar Mistry.







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