As Territories begins, a young Jewish-Canadian woman is relating her experiences with a peacemaking delegation in Israel. Suddenly Sara’s “monologue” is interrupted by Hashim — a Palestinian man from the West Bank. Demanding that his side of the story be heard too, Hashim challenges Sara to defend her point of view. As the two trade stories — and prejudices — the stage becomes a microcosm of the Middle East conflict. Both Sara and Hashim feel entitled to the land, both feel as if they’re honouring their dead and fighting for a just cause. Faith and friendship, politics and personal history come into play as the two battle for control of the stage and the story. Engaging, intellectually stimulating, and often humourous, Territories challenges the audience to ask questions — and to listen to the enemy.
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“A debate that involves the mind and the heart… gripping… Honest.” —NOW Magazine
About the Author
An actor, playwright and producer, Niki Landau has worked in theatres across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Her plays include the award-winning Territories, and her adaptation of Gone With the Wind. Niki apprenticed with legendary acting teacher Uta Hagen in Los Angeles, and appears in her acting video, Uta Hagen’s Acting Class. She has performed in premieres of plays by noted Canadian writers such as Diane Flacks, Jason Sherman, Hannah Moscovitch, and George F. Walker. Niki is Co-Artistic Director of Theatre PANIK, a theatre company dedicated to giving voice to those who haven’t been heard. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Concordia University, and an MFA in Acting from York University.