Presented by the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project

Birds Sing Differently Here

created by Dylan Fresco, Taous Claire Khazem and Iraqi Voices program participants
directed by Taous Claire Khazem
Dowling Studio

Back by popular demand

About the show

Based on the true stories of 12 Iraqi-Minnesotan refugees and immigrants, Birds Sing Differently Here is an original theater piece which weaves together tales of sweetness, sorrow, grief and discovery. Inventively performed in both English and Arabic, participants of the Iraqi Voices program come together with a cast of professional actors to tell “the story of a thousand olive pits and seven thousand praises, tokens of love and a chilling escape from the desert of death.” Birds Sing Differently Here shares the ache of endings and the fullness of new opportunity.

About the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project

Founded in 2007, the Minneapolis-based Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project engages Iraqis and Americans in the arts, education, and cultural and professional exchanges in an effort to counter negative stereotypes, strengthen cultural awareness and understanding, and provide a platform for cross-cultural dialogue.

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