AS SOON AS IMPOSSIBLE
A NEW PLAY BY BETTY SHAMIEH | FALL MAIN STAGE
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
As Soon As Impossible is a comedy that explores the relationship between two older men, Ramsey and Arthur, an Iraqi-American and a WASP. Their annual summer fishing trip is interrupted by the unexpected appearance of Ramsey’s granddaughter, Layla, who claims to be on the run. With Arthur’s suspicions raised, Ramsey may get more than he bargained for when he begins to plan Arthur a surprise birthday party. A play about friendship in a time of war.
This play was originally commissioned by Second Stage with support from the Time Warner Commissioning Program.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
BETTY SHAMIEH (Denning Visiting Artist for Spring 2021) is an Arab-American playwright. Her American premieres include: The Black Eyed (New York Theatre Workshop), Fit for a Queen (Classical Theatre of Harlem), The Strangest (The Semitic Root), Territories (Magic Theatre) and Roar (The New Group). Selected as a New York Times Critics Pick, Roar is widely taught at universities throughout the United States. A graduate of Harvard College and the Yale School of Drama, Shamieh was named a Guggenheim Fellow, UNESCO Young Artist for Intercultural Dialogue, and a Radcliffe Playwriting Fellow. A Mellon Playwright in Residence at the Classical Theatre of Harlem, her works have been translated into seven languages. www.bettyshamieh.com
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Professor SAMER AL-SABER, Assistant Professor at TAPS, is a director, writer, and scholar. As director, his work was seen in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Middle East and includes the Middle Eastern premier of Arthur Milner’s Facts and an Arabic adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His written work appeared in Alt.Theatre, Performance Paradigm, Critical Survey, Theatre Survey, and other academic and trade venues, including the anthology Stories Under Occupation and Other Plays from Palestine, co-edited with Gary English.
Assistant Director & Dramaturgs
Marina J. Bergenstock, Suhaila Meera
Ramsey and Abdullah
Kal Naga (aka Khaled Abol Naga)
Margarita Belle Jamero
Morgan Gwilm Tso
Assistant Stage Managers
Chloe Chow, Kaiden Roberts
Light Board Operator
Sound Board Operator
R. Tristan Ketterer
Assistant Scenic Designer
Assistant Costume Designers
Tiffany Cartagena, Natassia Walley
Assistant to the Costume Designer
Assistant Lighting Designer
Due to the need for accurate contact tracing, names on tickets must match IDs presented on performance night
Thursdays through Saturdays
November 11-13 + 18-20
This production performs in the Harry J. Elam, Jr. Theater. located in Roble Gymnasium at 375 Santa Teresa Street.
This production runs approximately 95 minutes and is presented without intermission.
This production was made possible in part by the Roberta Denning Visiting Artist Program (Stanford ARTS), the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, the Pigott Fund for Drama, the May Ellen Ritter Production Fund, and the Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson Fund.
Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test (taken with 72 hours of attendance) are required of all patrons. Masking is required during the performance. We ask that you closely review our COVID-19 policies and procedures at the link below.
For safety reasons, we cannot accommodate late admission to our performances. Please plan on arriving with ample time to find parking, locate the theater, move through COVID-19 safety procedures, etc.
For disability-related accommodations, please contact tapsinformation [at ] stanford.edu. Requests should be made by November 4th.
The November 13th performance will be recorded for future public viewing. Cameras in the theater may incidentally capture audience images and audio in the background. Ticket purchasers must alert all members of their party to this possibility, and refrain from purchasing tickets before receiving their party’s consent.
THE CREATIVE PROCESS
TAPS’s video series TABLEWORK features live roundtable discussions broadcast on social media, where members of production creative teams and casts talk through their processes, goals, and challenges, sharing a window into the immense scholarly and creative efforts that serve as the foundation of TAPS performances. This episode features As Soon as Impossible Director Samer Al-Saber; Costume Designer Becky Bodurtha; and Assistant Director and Dramaturge Marina J. Bergenstock.