“…A stunning piece of theater.
— Gail Louw, Brighton Fringe Review, England, 2013
“Idan boldly, but never recklessly, confronts these simmering issues with sensitivity, intelligence and an over-abundance of talent in this solo show.”
— Ed Rampell, The Forward, 2014
HOMELESS IN HOMELAND is a 78min solo theater show in a documentary hip-hop theater aesthetic and based on a trip Idan took to Israel/Palestine. Combining poetry, dance, and character monologue, 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 17 vibrant, diverse Americans, Palestinians, and Israelis, uncovers a new Middle East of grief, daily struggle, and humor — “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.
AVAILABLE FOR BOOKINGS at universities, high schools, communities centers and art 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.
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 had its workshop performance premiere at Art Share LA in 2010. Since then, Idan has performed versions of the show across the US at venues and festivals including the Nuyorican Poets Café, Hampshire College, and the LA Women’s Theatre Festival, where it was awarded for Outstanding Performance in 2012. The current 78-minute version of the show has been performed at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, The Marsh in San Francisco and in the UK at the Brighton Fringe Festival and Upstairs at the Southern Cross in London.
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
HOMELESS IN HOMELAND is available for bookings at theaters, colleges, high schools and festivals. With the right venue and technical capacity the full solo theater show is available for bookings. For lower capacity venues, Sariyah is available as performance poet on the same topics of the full show.
In conjunction with performance bookings, Sariyah is available to lead workshops, Q & As and panel discussions. Click here for all booking inquiries.