A middle eastern gentlemen, Sheik Nabil, meets the young Ryan O’Reilly, son of a United States senator, to sign a contract. Once this document is signed, an unknown object will be shipped to the United States to aid in the reversal of climate change destruction.
Play Title: American Nightmare
Author: Hassan Abdulrazzak
Publisher: Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts
Anthology: This play is part of a collection entitled, Where is the Hope? Edited by Chantal Bilodeau
Primary Discipline: Environmental
Source Texts: N/A
Character Breakdown: 2 Men
Ryan O’Reilly: a young American. Sheik Nabil: middle-aged man from an unknown Gulf country
Setting: 48th floor conference room
Time Period: Near future
Synopsis of Play: A middle eastern gentlemen, Sheik Nabil, meets the young Ryan O’Reilly, son of a United States senator, to sign a contract. Once this document is signed, an unknown object will be shipped to the United States to aid in the reversal of climate change destruction. The signing of this paper will stop the pain that Americans are suffering from climate change; however, Sheik Nabil has absurd desires to be completed before he will sign the document. In the end, Ryan is fortunate enough to learn that this whole scenario was just a terrible dream.
First Performance Date: June 17, 2017
First Producer: SLAM King’s Cross
Performance History: This play was performed from June 17th-18th 2017 at SLAM, King’s Cross in London. It was also read aloud by students studying theater at Carnegie Mellon in late October of 2017.
Biography of Author: “Hassan Abdulrazzak is of Iraqi origin, born in Prague, and living in London. His plays include Baghdad Wedding (Soho Theatre, 2007; Belvoir St Theatre, 2009; Akvarious Productions, 2010), The Prophet (Gate Theatre, 2012), Love, Bombs and Apples (Arcola Theatre, 2016 and UK tour; Golden Thread, San Francisco, 2018), and And Here I Am (Arcola Theatre, 2017 and UK and Middle East tour). He is the recipient of George Devine, Meyer-Whitworth, and Pearson theatre awards as well as the Arab British Center Award for Culture”. [Taken from Where is the Hope? By Chantal Bilodeau].
Entered By: Jake Caracciolo