The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Mar 22, 2018
-Mar 24, 2018
| 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Left of Aleppo
Adopting the biblical mythology of the brothers, Yaakov and Esau, Left of Aleppo is a play, written by Michael Zalta (BA '19), about two brothers, Richard and Morris Shallam, who navigate the stakes of fitting in and negotiate what it means to be home, in the diaspora, on the run, and on an enlightened path. The Shallam family lives within an upper-middle-class community of second and third generation Jewish immigrants from Syria where orthodoxy is an ideal and "community" is of utmost importance. However, on the eve of Trump's Muslim ban, Morris desecrates Shabbat to protest with his Muslim-Syrian girlfriend, and Richard finds an opportune moment to question the homophobic community ideals which isolate him from his own family. Ultimately, brothers Richard and Morris must consider what it will take to break the monolithic walls of "Aleppo in Brooklyn."