A new play written by Hanna Eady and Edward Mast, tells the story of the relationship between Noor, a sixteen-year-old Palestinian youth; Zakariah, the village Rabbi; and Noor’s Grandfather, as the political winds of change blow through Palestine, in the late 1940s. As the pace of political events gathers momentum the villagers, who have lived together peacefully for generations, take sides and Noor is forced into a reckoning with his beloved Zakariyah about loyalty, belonging, and the significance of individual actions in the context of historical events.
The cast is led by Alexander Carroll as Noor, with John Freda as Zakariyah, Joe Rosado as Grandpa, Tessa Stokes as Kokaba, Ivory Aquino as Mother, and Ali Zaman playing The Munadi and other roles.
Loose Change Productions hosted the first public reading of The Mulberry Tree, directed by John Breen, on June 3, 2017.
About the Playwrights:
Hanna Eady is a Palestinian-American actor and playwright best known for co-writing Suhmata, a play about the destruction of the Palestinian Arab village of Suhmata, near Acre in what is now northern Israel. Eady was born in 1956 in the village of Buqu’ya in the Upper Galilee region of Israel and took an interest in theater from an early age. He earned a B.A. in social work from the University of Haifa and then worked as the artistic director of a theater. He then moved to the United States to study theater, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Fine Arts in drama and directing from the University of Washington in Seattle. After obtaining his third academic degree, Eady opened the New Image Theater Company, where he wrote and produced numerous plays, including Seeing Double (1991) and Abraham’s Land (1992). The play Suhmata, which he co-wrote with Edward Mast, depicts the 1948 destruction of a Palestinian village of that name during the 1948 Palestine war. The play debuted in Seattle in 1996 and has since been performed in various theaters in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.
Edward Mast was born in California and now lives in Seattle with his wife and daughter. His plays and solo performances have been seen in New York, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Kansas City, Honolulu, Oxford, Tashkent, Jerusalem, and other cities. Recent productions include Seneca with Samizdat Theatre; Shearwater River with Chain Link; No Problem, a puppet show with Cardboard Theatre; S2 at Annex Theatre; Tent City Planet, Antigone’s Nation, Sleepwalking Apocalypse and Shadows of Exile with the Theatre Squad; The Million Bells of Ocean at Moving Arts and American Theatre Company; and adaptations of Prometheus Bound/Unbound at the Bailiwick Theatre, The War Prayer at The Coterie, Uncle Vampire at Write/Act, the Chinese classic Peach Blossom Fan at the CalArts Center For New Theatre, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea at the Resident Theatre Company. His play Suhmatah: Memory of Stones (co-written with Hanna Eady), has been touring Israel since 1998. His plays Jungalbook, Dinosaurus, and Wolf Child: The Correction of Joseph are published by Anchorage Press, and his plays The Hobbit and Trickster Mountain or the Tengu of Kami by Dramatic Publishing Company. He has received commissions, awards, grants and fellowships from Seattle Arts Commission, Artist Trust, Seattle Children’s Theatre, American Alliance for Theatre and Education, CalArts Center for New Theatre, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.