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In a marginalized Egyptian neighborhood tainted with patriarchy, Sara is a young girl tired of being abused by her parents.Written by Bassima al-Husseini, staged by the students of the Darb Al Ahmar Arts School (DAAS) and directed by veteran Lebanese thespian Hanan Hajj Ali, the piece has seen success in several Egyptian venues, including El Genaina Theater and the Falaki Theater at the American University in Cairo.DAAS provides children from the neighborhood with after-school courses taught by professional trainers in circus arts, percussion, music, and other creative fields.Today, DAAS has over 240 students, some of whom have signed contracts to perform professionally.For Hajj Ali, however, one school alone will not be enough, and there is a desperate need for expansion in Egypt. The group of 16 students has performed a reduced version of the play in open-air spaces and traditional Egyptian neighborhoods.The arts school is collaborating with various NGOs, including ASSABIL and Basmeh w Zeitooneh, to ensure that the children will hold performances for audiences from different communities, as well as Syrian and Palestinian refugee camps across Lebanon.
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