I Am Not My Motherland

A hotshot Palestinian-American surgeon and her fledgling Israeli-American resident botch a life-saving operation; as the story unravels in repeated scenes, I AM NOT MY MOTHERLAND retells stories of collective grief and collective possibility.
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I Am Not My Motherland

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  • Cheryl Bear:
    27 Jan. 2021
    A riveting unfolding of the stories of war and the lessons to be learned from those who lived it. Well done.
  • Emma Goidel:
    20 Aug. 2018
    I adore this sharp, heartrending play. Emily is so adept at innovating structure to suit the story she's building. In MOTHERLAND, she uses multiple perspectives to vivid effect; the result is a layered, surprising, heartbreaking account of the competing narratives of settler colonialism for Israelis and Palestinians. This is a beautiful interrogation of the generational impact of war, and how the stories the dislocated and the victorious tell to their descendants create identity. AND -- it's funny!
  • Eugene O'Neill Theater Center:
    27 Apr. 2016
    It is the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's pleasure to recommend Emily Acker and their play I Am Not My Motherland as a finalist for our 2016 National Playwrights Conference. The play rose through a competitive, anonymous, multileveled selection process that took nearly nine months to execute. As one of 54 finalists out of more than 1,450 submissions, the strength of its writing has allowed this work to prosper in such a competitive selection process. Our readers were especially struck by the unique structure, rhythmic writing, and simultaneous intimacy and vastness of the storytelling.

Development History

  • Workshop
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    Orbiter 3
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    2015
  • Workshop
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    The Foundry
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    2015

Production History

  • Professional
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    Orbiter 3
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    2016