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LIVE from the NYPL: ROLEX ARTS WEEKEND: MAYA ZBIB's The Music Box (U.S. premiere), introduced by Peter Sellars


November 13, 2011







The Music Box, a one-woman show created by Protégée in Theatre Maya Zbib, is a performance about homes, usually performed in people’s homes. Based on a series of collected and imagined stories narrating incidents, habits, practices, truths and possible truths about women, and what ties them to their homes, the performance travels from the basement to the attic, throughout the various facets of the house and its dual nature of shelter/prison, in an attempt to touch upon a common dimension of intimacy by disentangling the “poetics” of the home…The home as a wide and narrow vessel, as a complicated universe, as a labyrinth, as a hole… the home as a box. The Music Box was first performed in September 2008, with 13 performances in 5 different houses in Beirut, and subsequently in May 2010 in Hakaya Festival, Jordan, and at the Avignon Festival Off in July 2011. It has been performed in Arabic and French; this is the first time Maya Zbib will perform The Music Box in English.


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