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Bob Keyes

Bob Keyes has written about the arts in Maine since 2002. He’s never been much an artist himself, other than singing in junior high school chorus and acting in a few musicals. But he’s attended museums, theaters, clubs and concert halls all his life, and cites Bob Dylan as most influential artist of any kind since Picasso. He lives in Berwick.

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Posted: January 2, 2018

Playwright Bess Welden offers a one-night workshop of her play ‘Refuge/Malja’

Written by: Bob Keyes

Photo courtesy of Portland Stage Co.

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.

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