Headspace: a play
How much do you know about women’s rights and laws regarding women in the UAE? What is your sexual orientation? What is your place here? What does becoming a woman mean to you? Why are you proud? Why are you scared?
“Headspace: a play” is a student-led theatre project that explores what it means to be a woman studying at NYU in Abu Dhabi. The piece was envisioned and created by Laura Evans, Veronica Houk, Sachi Leith, and Valentina Vela from December 2012 – May 2013. During the Spring 2013 semester, we conducted 61 interviews with NYU Abu Dhabi students both in Abu Dhabi and abroad and from these, assembled a text that strives to respect the anonymity of our interviewees while also voicing their concerns, anxieties, and thoughts. This text was then presented to the cast members, crew, and multimedia team as a scripted play, the final version of which opened in May 2013. The play is comprised of scenes and monologues that include both verbatim interview text and our own words. While some of them were interviewed, the actors are not voicing their own thoughts, but those of the interviewees.
This play was born out of a concern that many of the anxieties and questions that float in our heads on a daily basis are not discussed in the open. We hope that by reaching out to our community, we will discover everything in our heads that, once exposed and shared, can begin a conversation
Student-Led Project Mentors: Deb Levine, Rubén Polendo
Theater Project Manager: Gaar Adams
Devising and Directing: Laura Evans, Veronica Houk, Sachi Leith, Valentina Vela
Stage Management: Caroline Gobena, Tessa Ayson, Momchil Dikov, Luis Morales Navarro
Music: Cristobal Martinez, Wilson Tang
Multimedia Design: Nikolai Kozak, Robson Beaudry, Nino Cricco, Chani Gatto-Bradshaw, Zoë Hu, Joi Lee, Hasan Nabulsi, Sam Ridgeway
Branding: Krishan Mistry
Cast: Hamda Al Bufalah, Maverick Alzate, Sarah Batbold, Juliana Bello, Olivia Bergen, Bobby Haynes, Sanyu Kisaka, Alexandra Lenihan, Oscar Lozano, Farah Mohamad, Louis Plottel, Zahida Rahemtulla, Rafael Scharan, Haley Smith, Mandy Tan, Nia Wilson.