Tizi Ouzou

Taous Khazem frequently talks to herself. Onstage, in front of packed audiences. This Algerian-American actress and playwright hails from Minnesota, but inspiration for her self-written solo show Tizi Ouzou (the traditionally troubled capital of Algeria’s Kabylia province, meaning “viewpoint of the flower” in the Berber tongue) came from her first visit to her father’s homeland four years ago. Exhilarated by the inherent lyricism of the Berbers’ everyday language, Khazem spent two years developing a twelve-part drama, with help from director Zaraawar Mistry, about this proud, insular aboriginal group on the path to self-determination. Impersonating women and men (to the amusement of male Algerians) whom she encountered on her travels, Khazem presents a human face of the Arab world to Americans whose opinions largely derive from CNN terrorism coverage; through the loves, lives, and voices of twelve Berbers she offers a portal to this mountainous town on the edge of the Mediterranean.

Thu., Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m.

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