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The Cast

Mark Naji - Kahlil Gibran

najiAn actor who finds himself occasionally writing and directing, Mark Naji made his Big Screen debut opposite Kristen Stewart in the controversial indie drama Camp X-Ray (2014), director Peter Sattler praised Mark on his daring performance as the hatred-fuelled Detainee. Mark is no stranger to TV, he made his first TV appearance as Fadi on Fox's short lived drama Touch (2012) starring Kiefer Sutherland. Mark's dedication to his craft led him to the Stage, portraying one of the most popular figures in history, Lebanese Artist, Poet and Writer, Kahlil Gibran. In 2014 the Arabic version of Rest Upon The Wind a play about the life and times of Kahlil Gibran written by Nadim Sawalha, opened in Amman Jordan to a sold out audience and received rave reviews. Mark’s performance in Arabic was spot on and exciting to watch. Mark Naji was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria to a Druze family, his love for the performing arts led him to New York and eventually to Los Angeles, California where he continues to pursue work as an actor.

Hadley Boyd - Mary Haskell

hadleyHadley has performed in theatres in Massachusetts (Williamstown), D.C. (Source Theatre, CHAW), Virginia (The Theatre at Washington), New York (Schapiro Theatre; Multistages), South Carolina (Warehouse Theatre, Peace Center), California (TheatreWorks) and Portland, Oregon (Miracle Theatre; Artists Repertory, among numerous others). Favourite roles include, Dorine in Tartuffe, Spokeswoman/Wife in Oh, the Humanity, Duckling in Our Country’s Good, and Nanny/Kate/The Principal in Baby With the Bathwater. She trained in London at the British American Drama Academy and performed there as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Hadley is also a writer whose stories have been published in literary magazines around the country.

 

Nuah Ozryel -Marzoo / Albert / Ottoman Ambassador

nuahNuah Ozryel. Selected Credits - United States: Muhammad/Ensemble 'I Come From Syria' (Polybe and Seats), Ben/Jamil 'Night Blooming Jasmine’ (Moonlight Productions), Professor Caccavone/ Ensemble ‘Cho H Cho’ (One Eighth/Mabou Mines). Canada: Robert Glassco/Stephen Hawking ‘Bully’ (Helen Gardiner), Hermann ’The Robbers’ (Helen Gardiner), Italy: Future Boy ‘Futurism' (Piccolo Teatro Di Milano). Film: Vito ‘Bitter Angels’ (Rob Graydon), Marko Francisco ’Stuck in Limbo' (Rob Graydon), Mr Korrick ‘Moments Before’ (Lithium Productions). BA Theatre - University of Toronto, MFA Acting - Columbia University.

 

 

Veracity Butcher - Myrianna

veracityVeracity Butcher is a performance artist born, raised, and based in downtown New York City. With over a decade of experience on Off-Broadway, she has performed as an actor at venues such as Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Abingdon Theater, INTAR, The Flea, St. Ann’s Warehouse, The Public Theater, The Gene Frankel Theater, Dixon Place, 45 Bleecker, La Mama, and Atlantic Theater. Veracity has performed as a singer for her band, VIOLETS, at venues including PIANO’S, DROM, Leftfield, FAT BABY, LIT Lounge, Pete’s Candy Store, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Matchless, COCO 66, SIGNAL Gallery, and NuBlu. Since graduating Middlebury College with a BA in Acting and Arabic, she has participated in over fifty developmental workshops and readings. She is a member of José Rivera’s writing circle and pens stories, poetry, lyrics, plays, and screenplays. Veracity is currently seeking representation for legit theatre, television, and film work.

Shpend Xani - Saleem

xaniBorn in Prishtina, Kosovo, Shpend Xani is an Albanian-American stage and film actor. His theatre credits include Marat/Sade, Guys and Dolls, Macbeth, Pawnshop Accordions, among others. He played the lead in the independent feature film Right To Love and appeared in numerous American and international feature films, shorts and plays.

Shpend has received an acting degree from the Academy of Fine Arts at University of Prishtina, Kosovo, and later a BFA in Theatre from Millikin University in Illinois. Shpend is currently continuing his training with the renowned acting teacher Wynn Handman. He speaks four different languages and used to play professional basketball in Germany and Kosovo. Shpend is delighted to be working with such a wonderful cast a crew.

 

Mouna Rmiki - Micheline

mounaMouna was born in Switzerland, spent her childhood in Spain and her teenage years in Morocco. After spending some time in France where she took theatre classes while going to Business School, She decided to move to New York to fully pursue acting and joined the prestigious Stella Adler Studio of Acting, where she finds joy exploring the Human Nature. So far, she has been blessed to collaborate in various multicultural projects. Whether they were in Darija - Moroccan Arabic which by definition is a blend of several languages or involved people from different countries, the themes revolved around cultural differences (Like me, Like you, a Moroccan adaptation of West Side Story or Othman Naciri's Men Never Come Back, among other projects in theatre and film) She was recently seen in Nowhere/Now-Here, a devised piece she co-created with two fellow Adlerites under the direction of John Gould Rubin and Kat Yen.