HKEELEE (TALK TO ME), a one-woman show, is a personal and political exploration of family, memory, and what it means to be(come) American. Attempting to move her Lebanese grandmother who is afflicted with Alzheimers into an assisted living facility in Washington, Leila unpacks a suitcase of belongings and with them, unpredictable waves of memories and stories. Weaving traditional storytelling, solo performance, and direct audience participation, HKEELEE is an interactive exploration of immigration, family, loss, and re-creation - what we hold onto, what we let go, and how those choices come to shape who we are.
Free and open to the public.
Presented by Arab American Studies, UM Ann Arbor and co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Center for World Performance Studies, University of Michigan Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Department of American Culture - University of Michigan , University of Michigan Department of English, University of Michigan Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan Program on Intergroup Relations, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and University of Michigan Islamic Studies Program.