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.
Jabber is a touring show for high school students written by by Marcus Youssef and directed by Chelsea Haberlin, produced and presented in partnership with Green Thumb Theatre. 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.
Lower Mainland & Vancouver Island high school & community centre tour, BC, October 23-November 25, 2017
Photo: Graeme McComb and Parmiss Sehat, by Chicknskratch Productions. Art by Katie So.