I Call My Brothers

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    A DC Premiere
    A car has exploded. A city has been crippled by fear. Amor wanders the city, doing his best to blend in. His best to become invisible and not attract any suspicious glances. But what is normal behaviour? And who is a potential perpetrator? Over twenty-four hours, Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s fierce, funny, and explosive play explores where the lines between criminal and victim, and fantasy and reality, blur.





    (NOTE: Opening Night will NOT have a post-show discussion.)



    Nora Achrati, Sarah Corey, Ahmad Kamal, and Saleh Karaman




    JONAS HASSEN KHEMIRI (Playwright) was born in Sweden in 1978, is the author of four novels and six plays. His first novel, One Eye Red, received the Borås Tidning award for best literary debut. His second novel, Montecore, (published by Knopf in 2011) won several literary awards including the Swedish Radio Award for best novel of the year. His most recent novel, All I Don’t Remember, was awarded the August Prize, Sweden’s most important national literary award. Khemiri’s work has been translated into more than fifteen languages and his plays have been performed by over 100 international companies. In 2011 Invasion! received its US premiere in New York and Khemiri was awarded a Village Voice Obie Award for playwriting.

    MICHAEL DOVE (Director) is the founding Artistic Director of Forum. He has directed Passion Play, the NNPN Rolling World Premiere of Pluto by Steve Yockey and the World Premiere of Holly Down In Heaven by Kara Lee Corthron as well as Agnes Under the Big Top, Church, Mad Forest, Scorched, Angels in America: Perestroika, Amazons and Their Men (co-directed), dark play or stories for boys, Marat/Sade, Antigone, Valparaiso, Rockaby and Rough for Radio (for the DC Beckett Centenary Festival), The Memorandum, Hamletmachine, BECKETT: The Shorter Plays, and the upcoming NNPN Rolling World Premiere of Blackberry Winter. He has directed Seminar at PlayMakers Repertory Company,  4000 Miles at Vermont Stage Company, Doubt, Sideman, and the upcoming When the Rain Stops Falling at 1st Stage, as well as productions at Cape Fear Regional Theater, Imagination Stage, Solas Nua, the Source Festival, Montgomery College, and the University of Maryland. He is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a Board Member of theatreWashington and Pointless Theatre. michaeldove.tumblr.com




    All discussions are free and open to the public, and begin immediately after scheduled show time.
    Craft Consciousness
    Sunday, September 18, immediately following the 2pm performance
    Because craft matters. When you see a Forum show, so much of the story is told in ways subtler than dialogue - the lights, sound, set, costumes and projections each enhance not only your aesthetic experience, but also your relationship with the characters  on stage. We invite you to join members of the I Call My Brothers artistic team, including the cast and designers, to learn how we arrived at the vivid and adventurous production you see on our stage. Theater nerds welcome!
    The Playwright in Conversation
    Wednesday, September 21, immediately following the 8pm performance
    Join award-winning playwright and novelist Jonas Hassen Khemiri and director Michael Dove after the show on Wednesday, September 21 for an intimate conversation about thewriting and creative process of I Call My Brothers
    Talk Tank
    Friday, September 30, immediately following the 8pm performance
    New to Season 13, Talk Tank is a chance to explore some of the policy issues underpinning Forum's plays. For I Call My Brothers, a panel of policy experts, advocates, direct service providers, and you, the audience, will address the question "What will make us safer?" Through his play, Khemiri asks audiences to explore how we define the "us" in that question. Forum's production invites us to explore specifically how we view safety United States 15 years after 9/11. This is a conversation for people who want to dive deeper in the policy issues of assimilation, citizenship, and basic rights. Bring your experiences, facts, and opinions!
    Assistant Chief Luther Reynolds, Montgomery County Police Department
    Because you’re the only expert on your own perspective. OpenForum invites you to join an exploration that’s thought provoking, fun and totally free of charge. We love plays that start a good conversation. Plays that ARE a good conversation. This isn’t your parents’ post show discussion.  No Q & As, no panels, and no talking heads. Just your questions, your answers, your reactions. The format is very simple:  grab a chair, sit in a circle, share your own thoughts and see the play from someone else’s point of view.
    OpenForum discussions will follow the performances from Thursday-Sunday, except when we've got a special event. Navel gazers welcome.