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This May Just Be the Most Meaningful Shakespeare Remake Ever: Syrian Romeo and Juliet, Separated By War

We’ve said it once and again: The best ‘Hamlet’ ever is at the Shakespeare Tent in Zaatari. Produced by Syrian humanitarian Nawar Bulbul and rehearsed at a tent built from scrap at the refugee camp, Shakespeare in Zaatari‘ now adds a unique twist to history’s most iconic love story: a ‘Syrian Romeo and Juliet’.    

Romeo is a young boy who lost his legs before fleeing Syria to seek safety in Jordan. Juliet is a young girl trapped in a besieged city in Syria, where she is cut off from resources and her extended family. “It is a story of love. Of passion. Of separation. And of longing. Romeo cannot wait to return to his loves, Juliet and Syria,” says Hazami Barmada, who is running a crowdfunding campaign to support the play.

Launched on Kickstarter, the crowdfunding campaign aims at raising $ 7,000 to provide computer equipment and basic technology tools to live stream the play via Skype, as well as transportation for the production team, videography and photography, and gifts for children and the families involved.

For more information: Visit their Facebook page and support the crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.

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Valentina Primo

Journalist, globetrotter, and determined idealist. Since Valentina left her home country of Argentina, she has searched for ways to build bridges between cultures and foster dialogue. Her previous work in international organizations in Italy and Germany fed her passion for the world of development, while her 8-year journalistic experience in Argentina and Egypt increased her curiosity for everything that challenges the stereotype. She holds a BA in Journalism and a Masters in Peace Studies with a specialization in Human Rights.

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