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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: June 18, 2018

‘Lost and Guided,’ a play about immigration, will be staged Friday at the PMA, Saturday in Camden

Written by: Bob Keyes

About 90 percent of “Lost and Guided” is based on interviews that playwright and director Irene Kapustina (standing left) conducted with Syrian refugees. Photo courtesy of the New England Arab American Organization

“Lost and Guided,” a play about four Syrians whose lives are uprooted by civil war, will be performed at 6 p.m. Friday at the Portland Museum of Art and at 7 p.m. Saturday at Camden Opera House. The Maine-based New England Arab American Association is bringing the play to Maine in response to the growing refugee and immigration population in Maine.

“Lost and Guided” tells the stories of these young Syrians whose lives change after anti-government protests in the city of Daraa. Over six years, each is forced on a personal journey. The story is set in the Middle East and America, and is about love, friendship and the struggle for happiness. The play is based on writer-director Irene Kapustina’s interviews with Syrian refugees living in the United States.

It opened off Broadway last August.

“This play supports (our) vision by bridging the culture gap through portraying the lives of our new Mainers and emphasizing the journey that forced them to leave their home land,” Zoe Sahloul, founder and executive director of the New England Arab American Association, said in a press release.

Each performance will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A.

“Lost and Guided”

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St.

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