Salomé

Adapted and Directed BY YAËL FARBER

“What happened out there at the end of the desert?
The Sea of Death quiet and deadly—rising before me.
Of that night I never spoke again.
But I remember.”

The story has been told before, but never like this. A fortress called Machaerus, sandy cliffs perched high above the Sea of Death. A holy man from the wilderness, demanding freedom for his people, locked deep beneath the ground. A nameless woman, written into history, by others, known to us as Salomé, whose mysterious act changed the course of history. In this new work, internationally acclaimed adaptor/director Yaël Farber reworks Oscar Wilde's play with ancient Arabic and Hebraic texts. The result is an urgently relevant exploration of the woman's voice in history, oppressed people's power over their own bodies, and the explosive connections between religious and political uprising


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Press

With a stunning lyricism, South African director Yaël Farber applies her formidable imaginative talents to a well-traveled biblical story and propels it on a revelatory new path. 
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An intriguing, provocative production that is meant to instigate reactions. It is a consummate part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. 
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Salomé is a magnificent, hypnotic, and quite magical work. 
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Gorgeous and Inventive
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A visually stunning world premiere
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Farber creates a different narrative that will make thoughtful audiences examine another possibility. Salomé…the catalyst of revolution.
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What a provocative vision Farber entertains in this world-premiere production for the Shakespeare Theatre Company.
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Is a feast for the senses, an elegantly constructed spectacle of abundant invention and surprise.
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Such is the staying power of these impressive 90 minutes that you’re compelled at the end to wonder why it never occurred to you to consider the flip-side possibilities for so many stories like this, handed down through time. Theatre is often at its most intriguing when it is offering answers to questions an audience never even thought to ask.
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SALOMÉ is an affecting production that is exquisitely beautiful to watch even as it challenges and provokes
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Visually stunning and emotionally powerful.
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From its relentless risk-taking to its incorporation of Arabic and Hebraic texts, STC’s Saloméwas the most captivating production I’ve ever seen. Do not miss it.
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A beautifully staged, entirely new telling of the title characters’ driving forces and circumstances.
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Her remarkable, disquieting adaptation of a tale many of us thought we knew from a few lines in the New Testament.
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We can never will know what really happened or why out there in the desert or in Jerusalem. But, Yael Farber makes a great case for point-of-view with this dominant, authoritative argued case indeed.
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It is an intriguing, provocative production that is meant to instigate reactions.
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So convincing is the theater making in Salomé, you may leave converting into thinking that while well behaved women rarely make history, it takes a revisionist woman playwright and director to set history straight.
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Farber’s “Salomé” certainly does deliver the goods in this production.
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PRODUCTION INFO / THE COMPANY

Lubana Al Quntar as Singer
Yuval Boim as Caiaphas
Ramzi Choukair as Iokanaan   
Olwen Fouéré as Nameless Woman    
Jeff Hayenga as Annas   
Tamar Ilana as Singer   
Shahar Isaac as Bar Giora   
Ismael Kanater as Herod    
Nadine Malouf as Salomé   
Richard Saudek as Yeshua the Madman    
T. Ryder Smith as Pontius Pilate   
Elan Zafir as Abaddon  

CREATIVE TEAM

Yaël Farber - Adaptor/ Director
Susan Hilferty- Scenic/ Costume Designer
Donald Holder- Lighting Designer
Mark Bennett - Composer/ Sound Designer
Ami Shulman - Movement Director
Robb Hunter - Fight Consultant
Laura Stanczyk Casting, CSA - Casting
Carter C. Wooddell- Resident Casting Director
Drew Lichtenberg - Literary Manager/ Dramaturg
Ellen O’Brien - Head of Voice and Text
Rob Jansen - Assistant Director
Laura Smith - Production Stage Manager
Elizabeth Clewley - Assistant Stage Manager