Rising Circle Theater Collective Presents:

This Time

Written by Sevan K. Greene
Directed by Kareem Fahmy

May 7–21, 2016

Black Box Theater

In the sultry heat of 1960s Cairo, a clandestine love affair blooms between a married Egyptian woman and a Canadian professor ten years her junior. In a wintry Toronto house in the 1990s, an aging mother’s memories encroach on her recently divorced daughter’s attempts to restart her life. The past closes in, threatening to overwhelm the present. But what is real and what is illusion? Inspired by the memoirs of a Muslim woman who fought for her independence at a turning point in Egypt’s modern history, This Time is a lush new play about regret, romance, and familial responsibility.

Tickets: $18

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Delphi Harrington - "Amal"


BROADWAY: The Country House, Les Liaisons Dangereuses; The Sea Gull: Chapter II; Romeo and Juliet. OFF-BROADWAY: Year of the Rooster and For Elise (EST); Uncle Vanya (CSC); The Hairy Ape (Irish Rep.); Beckett/Albee and Blithe Spirit (Pearl Theatre – Drama League Award Nomination); Three Tall Women; The American Plan (MTC); Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Roundabout). REGIONAL: Tonight at 8:30 (John Drew Theater - East Hampton); Cymbeline (New Jersey Shakespeare Festival); The Boyfriend (Bay St. Theatre); A Delicate Balance; Hay Fever (Playmakers Rep.); The Importance of Being Earnest (Cincinnati Playhouse); Heartbreak House (The Guthrie Theatre); Three by Tennessee (Syracuse Stage); A Little Night Music (Pioneer Theatre); The Merchant of Venice, Henry IV Parts I & II, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Richard II, All’s Well That Ends Well (Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival). CABARET: Julius Monk’s Plaza Nine Revues; Cowardly Swann (Metropolitan Room). MEMBER: Actors’ Center

Rendah Heywood - "Younger Amal"

RENDAH HEYWOOD  Younger Amal   


Rendah's work in theatre includes: The Kitchen, Rocket to the Moon, Philistines, The Rose Tattoo and Therese Raquin all for the National Theatre London,  Cuddles at 59E59 New York, Mrs. Assad and Me at Tristan Bates Theatre London, King Lear at Chichester Festival Theatre and BAM New York, Ring Round the Moon at the Playhouse Theatre London, Above and Beyond and You Once Said Yes for Look Left Look Right, 22nd July Project at Ovalhouse London and Attempts on Her Life at the BAC London. Her work in TV includes: "Doctors", "Holby City" and "EastEnders" for the BBC.

Ahmad Maksoud - "Monsieur Joseph/Hatem"AHMAD MAKSOUD  Monsieur Joseph/Hatem   


Ahmad is an Egyptian-American actor based out of Brooklyn. NYC Credits: The Light Princess (New Victory Theater). Regional: The Life Model (On the Boards, Seattle) The Light Princess, Roller Disco, O.P.C. - u/s (American Repertory Theater), We Live In Cairo (O’Neill Center, workshop), Arabian Nights (Central Square Theater), The Kite Runner (New Repertory Theater), Bride*Widow*Hag, Much Ado About Nothing (A.R.T. Institute) along with play workshops at the Huntington Theater Company and the American Repertory Theater. TV: “The Blacklist”. M.F.A.: A.R.T. Institute at Harvard University.

Seth Moore - "Nick"SETH MOORE  Nick

Seth Moore is an actor/writer living in New York City. Seth received a BFA in acting from the University of Michigan, where he also studied playwriting. Off-Broadway: Fidelis by Christina Gorman (The Public Theater), Restoration Comedy by Amy Freed (the Flea Theater); These Seven Sicknesses by Sean Graney (the Flea Theater); Greater Angels by Jason Williamson (Exit Pursued By a Bear) Regional: Good Men Wanted (Arena Stage/Naked Angels).

Salma Shaw - "Janine"

SALMA SHAW  Janine  
 | @salmashaw 

Born in Scotland and raised in the Midwest, Salma is two-time Helen Hayes Award recipient, but in a previous life, she was a rocket scientist. She particularly loves developing new work and engaging audiences with stories and themes you might not necessarily see in TV, film or theater. Salma trained at the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory under the guidance of Founding Artistic Director, Joy Zinoman. While in DC, she built a strong reputation across plays and musicals to industrials, TV and vocal performance (singing at The Kennedy Center Honors) and served as the Managing Director of the acclaimed physical theater troupe, Synetic Theater, producing 20 shows that garnered 30 Helen Hayes Nominations and nine Awards. In New York, Salma has worked in TV and is a series regular on Here TV’s, People you Know. She is a graduate of Stanford, holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors' Equity Association.

 Creative Team

SEVAN K. GREENE   Playwright

sevangreene.com | @sevankgreene 

 Sevan is a London and NYC-based playwright-actor. Member of the Bush Theatre inaugural 2015 Emerging Writers Group; The Public Theater 2011 Emerging Writers Group; Rising Circle Theatre Collective 2010 InkTANK Writer's Lab. NYTW 2011/2012 Teaching Artist. William Saroyan 2010 & 2012 Playwriting Prize Finalist. PlayPenn 2012 & 2013 Conference Finalist. 2011 ATC New Voices Festival Winner. 2014 Papatango Short List. 2014/2015 Princess Grace Award Semi-Finalist. 2014 Saroyan Human Rights Social Justice Playwriting Prize Finalist. 2014 Saroyan Armenian Commendation Prize Finalist. Sevan’s work has been seen in London and New York at The Bush Theatre, Theatre503, Rich Mix, The Old Red Lion, The Public Theatre, The Flea Theatre, 2014 Camden Fringe, The Space, NOOR Theatre, Access Theatre, Birmingham Theatre Exchange.

 Kareem Fahmy - "This Time" DirectorKAREEM FAHMY   Director

kareemfahmy.com | @kareemdirector 

Kareem is a Canadian-born director of Egyptian descent. He recently directed the world premiere of Victor Lesniewski’s Couriers and Contrabands (TBG Theatre). He was a 2015 Director-in-Residence at The New Museum with their research project X-ID REP. He is an alumnus of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, the Van Lier Directing Fellowship, the Drama League’s Classical Directing Fellowship and NTYW’s Emerging Artist Fellowship, where he first developed This Time. He’s worked extensively in new play development with companies including New York Theatre Workshop, MCC, Second Stage, Soho Rep, New Dramatists, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Sundance Institute Theatre, Partial Comfort Productions, Noor Theatre, and Berkeley Rep.Kareem has assisted Tony Award-winners Michael Mayer (The Illusion, Signature Theatre) and John Tiffany (Once, NYTW). In Montreal he directed the Canadian premieres of Suzan-Lori Parks’ Venus and Naomi Iizuka’s Language of Angels. Kareem is a proud member of Rising Circle Theater Collective, a founding member of |the claque|, and is an NYTW Usual Suspect. MFA: Columbia.

David Esler - "This Time" Scenic DesignerDAVID ESLER   Scenic Design

about.me/davidesler Recent designs include Couriers and Contrabands (TBG), rogerandtom (HERE), A Christmas Carol (Northern Stage), The Mountaintop(Capital Rep), Titanic (N. American centenary tour), Next to Normal (ATF) and Sweeney Todd (Gateway Playhouse). NYC: Theatre Row, PS122, Chashama, Chelsea Playhouse, LaMaMa, and the Ohio, Westbeth, Algonquin and Greenwich Theatres. Regional: Maltz Jupiter, Cape Playhouse, Stamford Theatreworks, Princeton Rep, Augusta Opera, the Hangar, Surflight and Muhlenberg theatres. Casino productions: Hairspray, Jekyll & Hyde, Miracle on 34th Street, Fame. International: Assassins (London), rogerandtom(Tallinn). Film: Pat Metheny’s 3D concert film The Orchestrion Project. David has collaborated with directors Gabriel Barre, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Stafford Arima, Josh Fox, and Scott Schwartz, and with choreographer Doug Varone. He has assisted on projects ranging from Menken & Rice’s world premiere King David to the Lost Colony outdoor drama and the Big Apple Circus. David holds an MFA from NYU/Tisch, and is a member of USA Local 829.

Sarafina Bush - "This Time" Costume DesignerSARAFINA BUSH   Costume Design


Sarafina Bush is a costume designer native to Brooklyn. Previous design credits include Good Men Wanted (Arena Stage), Couriers and Contrabands (Barrow Group), Why You Beastin? (Fringe Festival), and Choke (If/Then Dance), among others. She also assists costume designers around NYC with productions both on and off Broadway. She is thrilled to be part of this creative team!

Scott Bolman - "This Time" Lighting DesignerSCOTT BOLMAN   Lighting Design

wingspace.com/scott | @wingspaceTD 

Scott’s recent credits include Moment (Studio Theatre), MIDNIGHT (RADIALSYSTEM V in Berlin), Fortuna Desperata (Performa 2015), a revival of Song from the Uproar (L.A. Opera/REDcat), The Chandelier (Celebrity Cruise Lines), A Wonderful Life(Goodspeed Opera), piece.piece (Gibney Dance Studios), Intimate Apparel (Chautauqua Theater Company), The Box (Foundry Theater) and Urban Renewal (FIAF, La Cité International in Paris). Scott has also worked as a collaborative lighting designer with Robert Wilson on Zinnias (Peak Performances, Nuits des Fourviéres in Lyon) Odyssey (National Theater of Greece, Piccolo Teatro di Milano) and KOOL (Guggenheim Museum, Akademie der Kunst in Berlin). Scott is a founding member of Wingspace Design Collective, where he serves as the producer of their Salon Series and is a co-creator of their Professional Mentorship Program.

Mark Van Hare - "This Time" Sound Designer & Composer MARK VAN HARE   Sound Design


Mark is a composer and sound designer working in New York City. He composed original music and designed the sound for Couriers and Contrabands at The Barrow Group Theatre, Polaroid Stories at The New School for Drama, Icarus at University Theatre at Yale University with The Dramat, In Fields Where They Lay at the New Ohio Theatre, Remission at the Ford Studio at Signature Theatre, All God's Chillun Got Wings at JACK, and Look Upon Our Lowliness at Harlem School of the Arts Theatre, among other projects.

Jess Adams - "This Time" Props DesignerJESS ADAMS   Props Design

Jess Adams is a properties designer and theatre artisan based in New York City. Recent credits inclue, Broadway: Long Day's Journey Into Night (Props Assistant, Roundabout). Off-Broadway: Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde - Benefit Show (Tectonic Theatre Project), Couriers and Contrabands (Barrow Group), The Gray Man (Pipeline at SoHo Rep), The Golden Drum Year (Radical Evolution) and Rest Upon the Wind (Skirball Center). She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were she earned a B.A. in both theatre and anthropology and was a Robertson Scholar. During the summer, she teaches theatre at the North Carolina Governor's School.

Jess Adams - "This Time" Props DesignerALEX B. WEST   Stage Manager

Alex is proud to join to team for This Time after recently relocating back to New York City. Most notable stage managing credits in Genet Porno, Chang(e) at (HERE Art Center), Peter Pan: the musical (Synchronicity Theatre), 12 Dates of Christmas, Christmas Carol and Driving Miss Daisy (Aurora Theatre). Thanks to Mom, Dad, family, and friends for all the support.