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"Teens can relate because any teen can go through that. Everyone can be judged and bullied."
High School Student, Montreal, QC

Written by Marcus Youssef

Directed by Amanda Kellock

Script developed with Playwrights' Workshop Montréal

Opens: April 12, 2017

Let’s say three actors play out a story in a high school. Let’s say one of them plays an Egyptian-born girl who wears a Hijab. Let’s say her parents made her change schools recently because of graffiti that said, “All Muslims must die,” and that the counsellor at her new school is doing his best to help her fit in. Let’s say that part of his advice to her is to stay away from Jorah, a grade 10 guy who has his own challenges (namely a temper that he inherited from his dad who’s in jail for beating up his mom). But let’s say that just maybe, Fatima and Jorah start to, like, like each other.

In Jabber, appearances, and judgments based on those appearances that are challenged. All are filtered through the particular cultural laboratory of our schools where, unlike almost anywhere, people of all histories and backgrounds are thrown together, and where young people of all kinds must learn about what they believe in, and how far they are willing to go to defend those beliefs.

For more information or to book tickets, contact Front of House and Education Services Manager, Catherine Ballachey (foh@gctc.ca or 613-236-5192 x. 239)

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