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'Jogging' Marwan Tahtah

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Jogging

Every Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Jan. 29-Feb. 1
7:30 p.m.
Feb. 2
1 p.m.
$9-$32
Theater

Lebanese conceptual artist Hanane Hajj Ali’s one-woman show, Jogging, is a contemplative tour of a Beirut neighborhood and the diverse inner lives of those who make up the community. As the primary narrator, Ali invites the audience into her head as she runs along her route, reflecting on the tragedies and triumphs that have shaped her conflicted and scarred city. Along the way, the narrative broadens, transforming Ali into a series of Arab women contemplating their roles as students, activists, wives, and mothers. This composite of myriad female figures honors the complexity of a culture that is often viewed by Western audiences through a limited lens. Ali counters such reductive impressions with her energetic portrayals, authenticity, and audience interactions. Rising to the forefront of Ali’s musings is Medea, an ancient figure whose heartrending sacrifices are drawn to parallel those of contemporary Middle Eastern women.