January 01, 2013

We start the New Year off by announcing that our talented Acting School students will perform The Caretaker at Al Kasaba Theatre in Ramallah, on January 17 at 7 pm.

A stranger is brought home by Aston. His room seems familiar but is disconnected from the world. The balance of power shifts between them and Aston’s brother, Mick, as the stranger slowly attempts to take over the house.

Soon we understand that the characters are fighting for survival and searching for some sense of identity in a world that is constantly changing and unreliable.

The Freedom Theatre’s latest in-house production, The Caretaker, is an adaptation of Harold Pinter’s celebrated play, performed by the Acting School students and directed by Nabil Al-Raee.

The Caretaker is a psychological study of family relationships and the struggle for power between two brothers, Mick and Aston, and a stranger that Aston brings home. At first the stranger seems to be a victim but slowly he attempts to take over the house. Each of the characters is fighting for survival and searching for some sense of identity in a world that is constantly changing and unreliable.

The Caretaker is serious and funny, but underneath the action is an undercurrent of fear. The play shows how family is able to band together against an intrusion – even as they still seem worlds apart.

Cast:
Aston: Alaa Shehadeh
Davies: Motaz Malhees
Mick: Saber Abu Ashreen

Director: Nabil Al-Raee

Artistic Consultant: Gary M. English

Movement: Micaela Miranda

Production Manager: Adnan Turokman
Set Design: Anna Gisle
Costume and Makeup: Anas Arqawi
Lighting: Mohammad Saadi
Sound: Sami Saadi
Technical Production: Ahmed Matahen

Special thanks to Gunnar Zetterberg

The Caretaker received support from Ford Foundation and from Sida, as part of the PAN program.

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