“…A stunning piece of theater.
— Gail Louw, Brighton Fringe Review, England
“Idan boldly, but never recklessly, confronts these simmering issues with sensitivity, intelligence and an over-abundance of talent…”
— Ed Rampell, The Forward
What and where is home? Combining poetry, dance, and character monologue, Sariyah Idan conveys a young Jewish-American woman’s struggle to understand her identity, her family, justice and the meaning of home through the lens of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Idan’s portrayal of seventeen vibrant and diverse Americans, Palestinians, and Israelis, uncovers a new Middle East of grief, daily struggle, and humor. Homeless In Homeland is a solo show in a documentary hip-hop theatre aesthetic, based on a trip taken by the writer-performer to the State of Israel and the occupied West Bank. “a dramatic tour-de-force…not to be missed (Hollywood Progressive).” The play briefly touches on her studies of Islam and how she was born on a Sufi commune in New York.
HOMELESS IN HOMELAND was birthed from Sariyah’s commitment to the intersection of multiple narratives through a lens of compassion, her investigation of the responsibility that comes with privilege, and her belief that interdisciplinary performance has the capacity to create transformational experiences.
WORKSHOPS: In conjunction with productions Sariyah leads workshops in derived solo and ensemble performances and arts based dialogue. Workshops are designed for two different groups, writers/performers and organizers/community leaders. Ms Idan holds an MA in theater and music from CIIS in San Francisco, and a BA in arts and social change from Hampshire College in Amherst MA.
HOMELESS IN HOMELAND was developed at Art Share LA where Sariyah was a resident teaching artist for a 2 years. Since then it has been performed at Theatre In The Mill in Bradford England, Hampshire College, UC Irvine, The ONE Festival NYC, The Actor’s Gang LA, The Marsh SF and La Peña Cultural Center.
AVAILABLE FOR BOOKINGS at universities, high schools, theaters, art and community centers. HOMELESS IN HOMELAND has been enthusiastically appreciated by audiences interested in: theater, spoken word poetry, hip-hop theater, dance, diaspora, identity politics, peace & justice movements, Jewish studies, Middle-East studies, Palestine, Israel, women’s studies and more. In association with performance bookings Sariyah is available for Q&A’s and to facilitate workshops.
In conjunction with performance bookings, Sariyah is available to lead workshops, Q & As and panel discussions. Click here for all booking inquiries.
writer/performer -Sariyah Idan
director/choreographer -Shyamala Moorty
sound design -Troy Alcendor
consulting producer -E Amato
design -Sariyah Idan, Shyamala Moorty
Special Thanks to: Dan Kwong, Rha Goddess, Antonio Rodriguez, Eliana Kaya, j siegel, Shawn Dempewolff, Deema Daibis, Chelsea Gregory, Matan Cohen, Rae Abileah and the many supporters.
HOMELESS IN HOMELAND spoken word album
HOMELESS IN HOMELAND is a collaboration with Alcendor featuring both poetic material included in the HOMELESS ON HOMELAND solo show and music tracks found exclusively on the album. Sound design includes live captures of sound from Israel/Palestine, urban beats, guitar and voice; a blend of music styles and themes reflecting a unique Jewish American experience.
HOMELESS IN HOMELAND on Soundcloud