MY HEART IS IN THE EAST
My Heart is in the East is a play by award winning playwright and International theatre artist Jessica Litwak and public event which focuses on the relationship between EAST and WEST. The play takes place in Ancient Cordoba, Spain when poetry contests served as a potent cultural exchange that facilitated peace. The story takes place in two realms: Present-day conflict zones in the Middle East and medieval Spain during the Golden Age. The historical setting is very similar to historical and modern day Rhodes where Christians, Muslims and Jews, live, work and worship in close proximity. The play serves as a model for peace and cultural exchange.
The play has been performed in the U.S. and will be re-envisioned for Greece. It will be offered every year until 2021 in cafes around Rhodes in March conjunction with UNESCO World poetry daY . In 2021 the play will be performed in the Municipal Theatre. The play will also be performed in the islands that have a cultural of poetry and the special Greek poetic forms with be celebrated along with forms from the EAST.
Poetry workshops and language workshops (Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, English and Spanish will accompany the performances. There will also be a poetry contest after every performances. At the end of 2021 a book of poems gathered from all of the poetry contests will be published along with the play and photographs of the events to leave a legacy of creative tools for the islands.