Status: In development, Workshop slated for Fall 2022
Written by Leila Buck*
Directed by Noelle Ghoussanini
Originally developed with Director Tamilla Woodward
Written by Leila Buck in collaboration with the actors, directed by Noelle Ghoussanini and developed with Director Tamilla Woodard, Mix and Match 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.
*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.
In May 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.
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Creative Team Bios
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
Noelle Ghoussanini (director) is a theatre-maker, ritual artist and cultural organizer. She creates expansive and genre-defying theatre and ritual experiences to: re-imagine liberation and nurture transformation. Her work can be experienced in public spaces, theatres, schools, parks, detention centers and healing venues and throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East. Noelle is dedicated to creating spaces of creativity and sacred connection for all beings. www.noelleghoussaini.com / www.shapelight.org Recent Projects include: shapelight (founding artistic director) A Skate Play (Director / Adaptor, Golconda Skatepark, Brooklyn & Skateqilya Skatepark, Palestine) Acquittal (Director, Pan Asian Rep), The Jungle (Resident Director, Curran Theatre) Dreamscapes (Co-creator / Performer, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center). Noelle was also the recipient of the Laundromat Project Create Change Fellowship, was a New York Theatre Workshop 2050 directing fellow, a Target Margin Institute Fellow, a Hemispheric Institute fellow for artist activists and a member of the 2013 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and the 2019 Mediterranean Director’s Lab. M.A. Arts Politics (NYU, Tisch).
Tamilla Woodard (development 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