The Black Eyed

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Four Arab women from across the ages meet in the afterlife. As these characters – who include the Biblical Delilah and a secular modern Arab-American - struggle to come to terms with their lives and their choices, this shockingly funny play skewers traditional views on sex, family, and terrorism.

Cast Requirements

4 women

Unit Set


“A gorgeously conceived and realized drama…[Shamieh’s] theatrical imagination, in its agility and its urgency, brings to mind Tony Kushner, whose faith in eloquence as an instrument of change is echoed here.” —The New Yorker

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“A chillingly beautiful piece about the relationship between seduction and violence.” —San Francisco Weekly

Production and Development History

World Premiere: Magic Theatre (2005). European Premiere: (Greek translation) Fournos Theatre, Athens (2006). Off-Broadway premiere: New York Theatre Workshop (2007).