The Guthrie Theater presents a Remote Theater Project production of

Grey Rock

written and directed by AMIR NIZAR ZUABI

Only 5 performances

Set in present day and reflecting on the first moon landing in 1969, Grey Rock tells the story of an ordinary man in a small West Bank village determined to go to the moon. The play addresses the chaos that ensues within his family as he builds a space rocket in his shed. Through Grey Rock, Zuabi creates a humorous, fantastical exploration of the inalienable right to dream and how American culture has permeated and influenced Palestinian culture. The piece will be performed in English by a five-member cast from across Palestine, including internationally known actor Khalifa Natour.

Grey Rock is commissioned and produced by Remote Theater Project in association with the nonprofit organization GOH Productions. 

Ticket prices

Tickets range from $9 to $32. Seating is general admission.

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Run time

Approximately 1 hour, 35 minutes (with no intermission)

Venue info

Grey Rock will take place in the Dowling Studio.

Pro tip: Can't do stairs or have a special seating request? Call the Box Office for details. 

U.S. Tour

  • Jan 8–19

    Under the Radar Festival at The Public Theater, NYC 

  • Jan 23–26

    Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis 

  • Jan 30 – Feb 1

    The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.

  • Feb 6–9

    The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia

Related events

Post-play discussion

Join us after the show for a 20-minute discussion with writer and director Amir Nizar Zuabi facilitated by producer Alexandra Aron.

Saturday, January 25
1 p.m.

In Conversation: Celebrating Arab Artistry

Join us for a dynamic discussion that will explore what it means to create theater through an Arab lens in the U.S. and beyond. Representing an array of backgrounds and voices, our panel of Arab theatermakers will share and compare stories from their lives, careers and experiences as artists. This event is free and open to the public. 

Sunday, January 26 
3:30 p.m.

Reserve Seats



Grey Rock tells the story of an ordinary Palestinian so enamored with the U.S. landing that he muses, “Shouldn’t Palestine, the land of prophets, also have a presence on the moon?”


Hear from Remote Theater Project's executive director, Alexandra Aron, and Grey Rock's director/playwright Amir Nizar Zuabi. 

In the news


“Making theater shows in Palestine” — with a limited infrastructure and lack of state funding — “sometimes feels like building rockets,” he said. “But when they take off, it’s glorious.”

Read The New York Times article with playwright/director Amir Nizar Zuabi. 


Photo by Carlos Cardona.

An actor wearing a brown tunic and striped headwrap holds the arms of another actor wearing a red dress. They gaze at each other intently.

Photo by Carlos Cardona.

Photo by Carlos Cardona.

Photo by Carlos Cardona.

Photo by Carlos Cardona.

Photo by Carlos Cardona.

Remote Theater Project is a new initiative by producer Alexandra Aron designed to bring theater artists who are isolated either geographically or politically to New York City to develop new work, tour internationally and have their voices heard outside the confines of their regions.

Celebrating Arab Artistry 

This winter, the Guthrie is proud to celebrate Arab artistry with our production of Noura, a series of presentations in the Dowling Studio and an In Conversation event with Arab theatermakers. “In curating the 2019–2020 Season, we didn’t want a singular story to bear the weight of trying to represent an entire cultural worldview, so we took the opportunity to present multiple tales from the Arab experience — all beautifully human, diverse and connected.” – Joseph Haj, artistic director

Read the full Star Tribune article. 

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