Nabra Nelson

Nabra Nelson

Nabra Nelson is a theatre creator and community organizer from Nubia, Egypt, and California. She is also the Director of Arts Engagement at Seattle Rep. Playwriting credits include: Nubian Stories (The Scratch - In Pencil Staged Readings, Br!NK New Play Festival - Renaissance Theaterworks), Induced Labor (ReOrient 2019 honorable mention - Golden Thread Productions), Creation Gossip and Lillith (Heard Space Arts...
Nabra Nelson is a theatre creator and community organizer from Nubia, Egypt, and California. She is also the Director of Arts Engagement at Seattle Rep. Playwriting credits include: Nubian Stories (The Scratch - In Pencil Staged Readings, Br!NK New Play Festival - Renaissance Theaterworks), Induced Labor (ReOrient 2019 honorable mention - Golden Thread Productions), Creation Gossip and Lillith (Heard Space Arts Collective), and Minute to Minute and Le Serious Shit (MultiCultural Drama Company), Mixed American (The PGE Faces of America Monologue Festival & Anthology).

Plays

  • Nubian Stories
    Nuba, a Nubian woman who was forcibly relocated from her village in the south of Egypt due to its intentional flooding for the construction of the Aswan High Dam, tells the story of her people through her own incredible biography as well as through the ancient Nubian folkloric tales she grew up with. Based on a true story, Nubian Stories is a play about loss and legacy set simultaneously in the past and present...
    Nuba, a Nubian woman who was forcibly relocated from her village in the south of Egypt due to its intentional flooding for the construction of the Aswan High Dam, tells the story of her people through her own incredible biography as well as through the ancient Nubian folkloric tales she grew up with. Based on a true story, Nubian Stories is a play about loss and legacy set simultaneously in the past and present. It transports us to the village for a brief moment and makes us realize how far we are from a not-so-distant history that is being erased.
  • What to Expect When You're Simulating Expecting
    In the year 2080, the new normal involves taboos on pregnancy, car ownership, red meat, and suburban homes. It involves travel restrictions, a mixed-race majority, ongoing climate disasters, and constant uncertainty. But other than that, everything is the old normal. Except for Hoda’s experimental pregnancy. As Hoda gets ever-closer to her dream life – a home safe in Canada, away from Seattle’s floods and...
    In the year 2080, the new normal involves taboos on pregnancy, car ownership, red meat, and suburban homes. It involves travel restrictions, a mixed-race majority, ongoing climate disasters, and constant uncertainty. But other than that, everything is the old normal. Except for Hoda’s experimental pregnancy. As Hoda gets ever-closer to her dream life – a home safe in Canada, away from Seattle’s floods and wildfires, and a nuclear family to settle down with – things don’t seem to be going as planned. As she waits for her husband Ahmed to adopt a child from Egypt to round out their family, she starts getting pains that her Doctor can’t explain, and she meets an intriguing new friend named JeeYoung. The clock ticks as the Big One approaches to wash away Hoda’s plans, but she is determined to fly away in time.
  • In the Village Across the Nile
    In the Village Across the Nile is a young adult play based on ancient Nubian folktales passed down through the generations of the Fadija tribe of the village of Abu Simbel. An old Crane is our storyteller, who has collected stories from villages all over Nubia since the time of the Pharaohs. Crane is getting tired and needs to pass along the stories to the next generation of storytellers. There’s the story of...
    In the Village Across the Nile is a young adult play based on ancient Nubian folktales passed down through the generations of the Fadija tribe of the village of Abu Simbel. An old Crane is our storyteller, who has collected stories from villages all over Nubia since the time of the Pharaohs. Crane is getting tired and needs to pass along the stories to the next generation of storytellers. There’s the story of Omar who inherited only a rooster and a talking cat; Ashri who lost her only anklet in the Nile; two brothers - one who is clever and one who is not clever; and the 7th girl, who saves her family. You’ll have to listen really closely, and remember the stories, so that you can tell them yourself!
  • Memory Lane is a Desert Road
    Mark has been a professional photojournalist for over 30 years, working primarily in the Middle East and Africa covering wars, famines, and other international tragedies. Fatima, his daughter, knows very little about his decades of life-threatening work, so she searches through boxes of photos and negatives in his garage for answers. The boxes include pivotal historic moments and unfathomable human suffering...
    Mark has been a professional photojournalist for over 30 years, working primarily in the Middle East and Africa covering wars, famines, and other international tragedies. Fatima, his daughter, knows very little about his decades of life-threatening work, so she searches through boxes of photos and negatives in his garage for answers. The boxes include pivotal historic moments and unfathomable human suffering intermixed with family trips across the world. As she explores a life in photos, she learns more about him, as well as herself. This memory play is an exploration of how the past informs the future, how parents’ lives intersect with their children’s, how history and memory clash, and the search for answers to unknown questions in dusty boxes.
  • Induced Labor (العمل المعمول)
    This physical theater short play is an exploration of the social and familial impact of environmental injustice. It is available in both Arabic and English.
  • Creation Gossip
    Two womxn gossip about the fall of Adam. This quick piece is a hilarious feminist retelling of Eve's age-old scandal.
  • A Little Girl Wearing a Red Riding Hood and a Literal Wolf
    A wolf (almost) kills an old lady. Its punishment: stuff its body with rocks and thrown in the river. This fairytale retelling of a wolf, a girl, a grandma, and a woodsman brings us back into the age-old crime scene in grandma’s house. Among the blood and gore, we are asked to examine the nature of villainy, the relationship between humans and nature, and how we frame stories that live for generations.