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Complete Cast Announced for 'Aftermath'

20081114PHOWWW00173  Complete casting has been announced for the New York Theatre Workshop's Aftermath, written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen.

The characters include "a dermatologist, a husband and wife team of cooks, an Imam, an Iraqi Christian young mother, a husband and wife theatre director and visual artist, and a pharmacist." Aftermath's cast will feature Fajer Al Kaisi, Amir Arison, Leila Buck, Maha Chehlaoui, Demosthenes Chrysan, Daoud Heidami, Omar Koury, Laith Nakli and Rasha Zamamiri Wescott.

Blank and Jensen craft a genre of documentary theater in the season opener of Aftermath. The creators of the production went to Jordan in June 2008 where they interviewed nearly 35 Iraqis who left their country for the safety of Jordan. Aftermath is a story from their conversations that is an "exploration of the Iraq war from the perspective of everyday Iraqi citizens and how their lives changed forever the day the Americans arrived in their country."

The production will run September 1-October 4 at the Off-Broadway company's East Village home at 79 E. 4th Street, between Bowery and Second Avenue. Opening is September 15.

-- London Clark

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