Jabber is a touring show for high school students written by by Marcus Youssef and directed by Chelsea Haberlin, touring in Fall 2017 in partnership with Green Thumb Theatre.

Like many outgoing young women, Fatima feels rebellious against parents she sees as strict. It just so happens that she is Egyptian-born and wears a hijab. When anti-Muslim grafitti appears on the walls of her school, Fatima transfers to a new school. The guidance counsellor there, Mr. E, does his best to help Fatima fit in, but despite his advice she starts an unlikely friendship with Jorah, who has a reputation for anger issues. As friendship blossoms into romance, they are forced to confront stereotypes, boundaries, and the consequences of their actions. Thought-provoking, comedic and sometimes dark, Jabber invites audiences to examine their own assumptions and expectations.

Grade Range: 8+

Running Time: 50 min + 20 min Q & A lead by a trained facilitator

Curriculum Connections: Healthy Relationships | Leadership | Social Responsibility | Self Esteem | Personal Politics | Cultural Diversity | Discrimination

Load in: 60 Minutes

Strike: 30 Minutes

Playing Area: 15’D x 15’W x 10’H

Performance Cost: $250 (all inclusive)

We’re looking to connect with educators and community workers interested in bringing Jabber to secondary schools, youth groups, and community centres across BC – for full information, pricing, and curriculum information, CLICK HERE – to book or ask more questions, email Chelsea Haberlin (director and producer).

Jabber is made possible by the support of the Telus Community Board, Hamber Foundation, BC Arts Council and the Province of British Columbia.

Click below for full audio of an interview with Neworld Resident Producer Fay Nass and playwright Marcus Youssef’s interview.

Photo: Graeme McComb and Parmiss Sehat, by Chicknskratch Productions.  Art by Katie So.