This is not a memorized script, this is a well-rehearsed story

Wednesday, October 20, 6:30 pm ET
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Written and performed by Dima Mikhayel Matta (Lebanon)

Directed by Noelle Ghoussaini

Sound Design by Ada Westfall


Queerness is a construct. So is language, and so is this play. Nothing about this performance is reliable. The performer questions gender, memory, sex, identity, and her relationship with Beirut — but gives no answers.

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Dima Mikhayel Matta (she/they) is a Beirut-based writer and actress. Matta, a Fulbright scholar, holds an MFA in creative writing from Rutgers University. They have been acting for the stage since 2006. In 2014, they founded Cliffhangers, the first bilingual storytelling platform in Lebanon, and host monthly storytelling events along with parallel events such as storytelling workshops and performances. They also co-produce festivals and workshops that center on Arab theatre, highlighting women and LGBTQIA voices. These include “Arab Voices: Stories of Palestine,” and “Women Theatremakers: Playwriting Workshop.” Their first play, This is not a memorized script, this is a well-rehearsed story, an autobiographical play on queerness and their relationship with the city toured in London, New York, and Belfast, and premiered in Beirut in February 2020. They are currently working on their second play, An Uncurated World, about queer intimate partner violence. Most recently, Matta has been working with podcast composer Ada Westfall and Theater Mitu in Brooklyn, NY, performing in Utopian Hotline from Sept 3–26, 2021.