Portland Stage Company presents a one-night workshop of Maine playwright Bess Welden’s evolving play, “Refuge/Malja,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, as part of its Studio Series.
In this play, Jamie, an independent Jewish-American photojournalist, asks old friend, Ibrahim, for advice when a shoeless, motherless Waleed shows up in her life. Jamie feels compelled to assist the young refugee and needs Ibrahim to translate a message into Arabic.
Written in English and Arabic, “Refuge/Malja” explores what it means to communicate across languages and cultures.
Ali Al Mshakheel provides Arabic translations, and Todd Brian Backus directs. Admission is free.