Written by Leila Buck*
Developed & Directed by Tamilla Woodard
Dramaturgy by Salma Zohdi

Written by Leila Buck in collaboration with the actors, and developed & directed by Tamilla Woodard, Mix and Match (Working Title) is a theatrical event that invites the audience into the journey of two families – one Lebanese and (mostly) Muslim, one Irish and (mostly) Catholic – being joined in marriage. As guests at the wedding, and witnesses to the families’ struggles before, during, and beyond, audiences are invited to eat, dance and engage in an immersive, interactive exploration of the challenges and joys of connecting across all kinds of borders.

Mix & Match is slated for production in fall 2021.

*Fueled by improvisations with Melis Aker, Ali Andre Ali, Hend Ayoub, Caitlin Nasema Cassidy, Rawya El Chab, Gamze Ceylan, Evan Maltby, Pete McElligott, Victoria Nassif, Kelley Rae O’Donnell, Heather Raffo, Jens Rasmussen, Amy Lynn Stewart and Rasha Zamamiri

Leila Buck and En Garde Arts, Inc. are participants in the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships, funded by the William & Eva Fox Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group.

Developmental Timeline

January 18-21, 2019
Four-day devising workshop with Leila, Tamilla and 8 actors

May 8 -11, 2019
Mix & Match was invited to participate in “The Gathering,” hosted by The Laboratory for Global Performances & Politics as part of the Cross-Currents Festival. “The Gathering” brought together visionary individuals from around the world whose work exemplified ways that performance is making a transformative impact on critical global challenges, ranging from migration and refugee issues to climate change to political polarization to freedom of expression to the role of the arts on health and well-being.

July 29-August 3, 2019
Developmental workshop at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center.

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Creative Team Bios

Leila Buck

Leila Buck (playwright) is a Lebanese American playwright, actor, facilitator and educator.  She has performed and developed her work at the Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Brooklyn Museum, Cleveland Public Theatre, Mosaic Theatre at Arena Stage, California Shakespeare Theater, and the Wilma Theater (Barrymore Award).  A State Dept. Speaker Specialist and Cultural Envoy, she has lived, performed, and taught theatrical tools for literacy, conflict resolution, and intercultural communication to U.N. delegates, aid workers, youth, educators and business leaders throughout the U.S., Europe, China, Australia, and 11 Arab countries.  Inaugural Emerging Writers Group – Public Theater.  Adjunct professor – NYU. www.leilabuck.com

Tamilla Woodard

Tamilla Woodard (director) is the Associate Artistic Director of WP Theater (Formerly Women’s Project) and is currently AD for Hadestown on Broadway. She is the co-founder of PopUP Theatrics, which has created immersive and participatory theatre for audiences in Europe, South America, Mexico and the US since 2007 and she serves as the Artistic Director of The Five Boroughs/One City Project, a multi-year initiative of The Working Theater. She’s an alum of The Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop and a graduate of Yale School of Drama. Her work has been seen at A.C.T., The Atlantic, The Working Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem, NYTW, HERE, New Georges, Culture Project, Cleveland Public, Salt Lake Acting Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Kitchen Theatre, and at festivals Internationally. She has directed and taught at NYU Tisch Graduate Acting, Suny-Purchase, Pace, Fordham, Webster Conservatory of Theatre, American Academy of Dramatic Art and Queens College. www.tamilla.com

Header photo (courtesy of Heather Cohn) is from a developmental workshop at LPAC in August 2019. L to Rawya El Chab, Caitlin Nasema Cassidy, Evan Maltby, Amy Lynn Stewart, Pete McElligot