Khalida A Play for the Arab Spring

"Khalida is a complex rendering of the extraordinary life of an Iraqi immigrant to North America. It is a collision of worlds, culture and politics paralleled by a clash of theatrical styles." Richard Rose, Tarragon Theatre

"As a former colleague of Jason Jazrawy's at the Shaw Festival, I was especially thrilled by the emotional depth and breadth of his performance. He inhabited each character fully, and made this chilling tale all the more frightening for his believability." Guy Bannerman, Shaw Festival

"Khalida is unforgettable. On a stage layered with surrealist inspired projections designed by Vojin Vasovic, actor Jason Jazrawy inhabits the narrative with an indelible performance, personalizing the ongoing tragedies underlying the Arab spring. In several scenes, where he is both prisoner and interrogator, attacker and victim, Jason's vast dramatic range - and the heart pounding richness of detail in David Fancy's play, dense with instantaneous scene cuts - will leave you hand on mouth, in a state of enlightened meta-cultural awe. Go see Khalida." - Micheal Leckman, Lead Architect with Diamond Schmitt Architects (architects for the St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre)


Khalida is a dynamic, poetic and politically relevant production featuring the confessions and testimony of Said, a man in flight from a conflict zone in the Middle East who has found himself in an oil producing country in the economic North. Drawing resonances from the ongoing Arab spring, the play provides an opportunity to explore cultural alienation and gender diversity in contemporary multicultural society.

Written and Directed by: David Fancy

Featuring: Jason Jazrawy

Stage and Lighting Design by: Vojin Vasovic

Technical Director: Alan Teichman

Stage Manager: Carolyn McKenzie

Produced by: David Fancy

Executive Producer: Lisa Matheson


Tuesday, February 26 – 8 pm

Wednesday, February 27 – 8 pm

Thursday, February 28 – 8 pm

Friday, March 1 – 8 pm

Saturday, March 2 – 2 pm & 8 pm


Additional matinées February 26 - March 1 may be scheduled on request for special interest groups.


General Admission - $18*        Seniors & Students - $12*

* Plus HST and applicable ticketing fees.


Purchase tickets through Brock Centre for the Arts Box Office: 905-688-5550, x3257

Click here to buy tickets online.


(Important: The show itself is NOT at Brock. It is at the Sullivan Mahoney Courthouse Theatre in downtown St. Catharines.)


Large Groups or Special Requests: Please contact us in advance.


Sullivan Mahoney Courthouse Theatre, St. Catharines, ON

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Open Studio at Mahtay Café & Lounge

Join us for a special Open Studio event – a unique opportunity to explore the creative process of artist, producers and others involved with the production of Khalida, A Play for the Arab Spring. Discussion between members of the artistic team about the production will allow for a wider conversation about the complexities and sometimes vexed relationships of living a ‘hyphenated life’ as an Arab-Canadian, particularly after 9/11.


Wednesday, November 21, 7-8:30pm, FREE

Mahtay Café & Lounge, 241 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines

Honors & Reviews

Khalida received the 2008 Enbridge PlayRites Award presented to an emerging playwright by Alberta Theatre Projects. The text was chosen one of the Outstanding New Plays at the 2008 Summerworks Festival, received 4 out of 4 possible N’s (NNNN) in its Now Magazine review. The play was one of three texts featured at the 2009 International Director’s Laboratory at the Lincoln Centre in New York City.


“A dense, challenging and noteworthy achievement for playwright David Fancy. It is a compact, dynamic, poignant, and politically relevant piece of writing that deftly steers its way through war, torture, isolation, love, confession, revelation and peace. And it is not without humour.”
– Iris Turcott, dramaturg, Factory Theatre, Toronto


“David Fancy’s imaginative script, a work filled with surrealism, brutality and irony… solo actor Jason Jazrawy gives a powerhouse performance. The design elements and sound add immeasurably to the production and the often striking text.”
– Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine

“Jason Jazrawy gives an intense, passionate performance.”
–Lynn Slotkin, CBC’s Here and Now


The Artists


Artist Statements

David Fancy, Writer, Director, Producer

I wrote Khalida as a gift to a friend, Addil Hussain, an Iraqi-Canadian actor, as a vehicle for his significant talents to explore the realities of how art, violence, courage, and love intersect in our contemporary global community... More

Jason Jazrawy, Actor

When I first became involved with Khalida, I knew it was going to have a profound effect on my life, both as an artist and an individual.  I felt it was one of those parts I was ‘born to play’, most conspicuously because I share the play’s title as my own name: Khalid Jason Jazrawy... More

Vojin Vasovic, Set Design, Video and Lighting Design

When I first read Khalida, one of the strongest images that remained in my head was a frozen moment right after the explosion, when everything is still in the air, broken, in pieces, almost beautifully flying. It is this motion that I would like to create in the set. It will consist of hanging pieces of his memories: suspended pieces of iron... More

Q&A With The Artists from Khalida 2008

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Get Involved in the Discussion

In addition to the stage production, we will be organizing a series of discussions around cultural diversity and gender identity, as well as salon events with the artists, and development workshops. If you would like to get involved, please complete the form below.




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