Yasmine Beverly Rana

Yasmine Beverly Rana

Yasmine's essay "Anne Frank and Her Shadows" was recently published in Lilith Magazine https://www.lilith.org/blog/2020/02/anne-and-her-shadows/

Her latest play, Leena and Rose At the Barre was presented at the International Human Rights Art Festival at the Wild Project in December 2019. Another recent play, After Rome, was presented at the Mile Square Theatre in March 2019....
Yasmine's essay "Anne Frank and Her Shadows" was recently published in Lilith Magazine https://www.lilith.org/blog/2020/02/anne-and-her-shadows/

Her latest play, Leena and Rose At the Barre was presented at the International Human Rights Art Festival at the Wild Project in December 2019. Another recent play, After Rome, was presented at the Mile Square Theatre in March 2019.

Yasmine was a Francesca Primus Prize finalist for her play THE WAR ZONE IS MY BED and received a Playwriting Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for ANOTHER SPRING. Her plays have been developed and performed in the United States and internationally at theaters including Writer’s Theatre of New Jersey, La MaMa Theatre, Halcyon Theatre of Chicago, New Stages Performing Arts Center in the Berkshires, Write-Act Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles, The Looking Glass Theatre, Johns Hopkins University Theatre, Tara Arts Theatre of London, Nora’s Playhouse, and T. Schreiber Studio and Theatre among others. She was a founding member of Nora’s Playhouse.

Other honors include a Paulette Goddard Fellowship from New York University and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Playwriting from the Sewanee Writers Conference. She was a finalist for La MaMa Theatre’s inaugural Ellen Stewart Award. She is a recipient of the Paramus Education Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Yasmine was selected by the Tommy Hilfiger Company and Glamour Magazine as one of four outstanding women of New Jersey to benefit the Women of the Year Malala Fund.

Noteworthy plays include THE WAR ZONE IS MY BED, THE FALLEN, BLOOD SKY, RETURNING, and PARADISE, among others. Her plays and monologues have been published in The Alabama Literary Review, The Best Contemporary Monologues of 2014 (Applause Theatre and Cinema Books), The Best Men’s and Women’s Monologues of 2013 (Smith and Kraus Publishers), Blackbird, The Kenyon Review, TDR: The Drama Review, and The Contemporary European Idea. Translations include the Romanian-language anthology, Cinci Piese de Teatru. The University of Chicago Press and Seagull Books’ In Performance series published The War Zone is My Bed and Other Plays, an anthology of four of Yasmine’s plays. The anthology was reviewed in The Slavic and East European Journal.

Yasmine’s newer plays have been presented at festivals including Miami’s City Arts Theatre (Leaf Cutters), Luna Stage (At the Barre), and Tara Arts’ of London’s Women of the Mahabharata (Amanda), the latter in celebration of the centenary of women’s suffrage.

In addition to being a playwright, Yasmine is an educator and drama therapist. She has worked in Bosnia, The Republic of Georgia, and Switzerland.

She received her BFA and MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. Yasmine is represented by the Susan Gurman Agency.

Plays

  • After Rome
    After Rome takes place over the course of an afternoon at the Trattoria Europa in Rome on
    April 5, 2017, the 25th anniversary of the start of the Bosnian War. Lara a Bosnian professor of linguistics visiting Rome for a conference, seeks out her closest childhood friend, Anna, now an Italian resident and proprietor of Trattoria Europa. Anna had experienced Bosnia throughout the war while Lara had left...
    After Rome takes place over the course of an afternoon at the Trattoria Europa in Rome on
    April 5, 2017, the 25th anniversary of the start of the Bosnian War. Lara a Bosnian professor of linguistics visiting Rome for a conference, seeks out her closest childhood friend, Anna, now an Italian resident and proprietor of Trattoria Europa. Anna had experienced Bosnia throughout the war while Lara had left at the beginning of the conflict in pursuit of an academic career. Neither woman has seen or been in contact with the other in twenty-five years. When Lara and Anna reunite at Anna’s establishment, the women engage in emotional discourse related to the origins of their parting, their Muslim heritage, Anna’s identity as an immigrant, Lara’s life in post-war Bosnia, the men they loved, and the city and people they lost.

  • Amanda
    In the office of an urban metropolis, a job interview becomes a court room for Amanda seeking justice from her interviewer who had been present twenty-five years ago during an assault.
  • Another Spring
    Another Spring is an exploration of democracy, its definition and implications viewed under the lens of the female protagonist, a university student and participant in the Arab Spring uprising in her unnamed country. In Act One, “Obscurity”, the young woman’s identity as female and her sexuality are under assault as she is conflicted between her role as citizen and woman. Her lover, a photographer, encourages...
    Another Spring is an exploration of democracy, its definition and implications viewed under the lens of the female protagonist, a university student and participant in the Arab Spring uprising in her unnamed country. In Act One, “Obscurity”, the young woman’s identity as female and her sexuality are under assault as she is conflicted between her role as citizen and woman. Her lover, a photographer, encourages her to use an image of her body as a symbol of democracy and freedom. Within the confines of a dorm room, a photograph, that will change both their lives, is taken and posted through social media. In Act Two, “The Confession”, the veil of obscurity has been lifted to reveal a psychological game between an undergraduate Londoner and a respected journalist, still haunted from the face of democracy he had profiled in Act One.
    Character Breakdown
  • At the Barre
    The women at the barre tell their stories and discover inspiration and empowerment in the sacred space of a ballet barre class in New York City. This beginner class is diverse in body size and age with the youngest being nineteen and the eldest, eighty. Their life experiences include sexual assault, breast cancer, an arranged marriage, the deportation of a spouse, and war in Syria. Their cultural identities...
    The women at the barre tell their stories and discover inspiration and empowerment in the sacred space of a ballet barre class in New York City. This beginner class is diverse in body size and age with the youngest being nineteen and the eldest, eighty. Their life experiences include sexual assault, breast cancer, an arranged marriage, the deportation of a spouse, and war in Syria. Their cultural identities include Russian, Indian, Pakistani, Syrian, and Central American. Despite their differences in age and life, they are unified by their desire and need to embrace and express themselves through their bodies. With the advent of movements including Me Too and DACA, the women at the barre share moments of warmth, humor, and encouragement at a most relevant time in history.
  • Blood Sky
    As Joley looks back on the events that have shaped her life, her past comes alive on stage. As the memories of her abusive childhood, her journey to escape it, and the charming man in the white suit who’s at the heart of it all come rushing back to her, Joley struggles to take control of her past, and to keep it from defining her future.
  • Coffee At The Hague
    It's just an ordinary day with endless cups of coffee for a war criminal, a law student, a wounded journalist, and her lover trapped within an obscure web of morality spun throughout an International Criminal Court case and a Red Light District.
  • The Fallen
    From the systematic rape camps of Kalinovik to the rooftops of Sarajevo, the bottom of the Adriatic Sea, and the balconies of Turin, comes a moment of discovery at a time of persecution for the survivors of rape and their children born from it during the Bosnian War. The Fallen gives breath to the stories of the war’s women, children, and their struggle for self-acceptance and reconciliation.
  • Fauna and Blood
    Dia, a West African immigrant and Ayesha, a South Asian immigrant, meet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's rooftop against the backdrop of artist Imran Qureshi's exhibit which evokes hope for those who've arrived in their new country and melancholy for those left behind.
  • Leaf Cutters
    Willow's recent environmental documentary evokes interest from a powerful humanitarian whose interests are not solely related to her film's content.
  • Leena and Rose At the Barre
    Leena and Rose, immigrant women, share a moment at a ballet studio amidst a climate of family separation and deportations. This play will be presented at the International Human Rights Art Festival at the Wild Project in December 2019.
  • Olomouc
    Kat, an American writer is invited to spend her summer at an artist colony in a mysterious Moravian village. Her idyllic notions of a technology-free space to write her non-traveler’s travel guide are quelled when she learns the colony isn’t what Kat had envisioned. Following this alarming discovery, Kat finds herself conflicted between the affections of a Viennese biker and an American translator of Czech...
    Kat, an American writer is invited to spend her summer at an artist colony in a mysterious Moravian village. Her idyllic notions of a technology-free space to write her non-traveler’s travel guide are quelled when she learns the colony isn’t what Kat had envisioned. Following this alarming discovery, Kat finds herself conflicted between the affections of a Viennese biker and an American translator of Czech poetry in this comedy about a New Yorker finding love in the woods of Eastern Europe.
  • Paradise
    As the Mississippi River rises, two lovers who are also illegal immigrants, debate whether they should stay in New Orleans and risk their lives or flee—and, thereby reveal their illegal status
  • Returning
    A photographer from Sarajevo is torn between his role as an artist and as a survivor of war.
  • Scarred
    Married couple, Laurel, a war correspondent, and Ahmed, an Oxford academic use London Heathrow Airport's Holiday Inn hotel to spend quality time in between her assignments in the war zone. He wants her to stop and stay with him in academic suburbia while she awaits for the next humanitarian catastrophe.
  • The War Zone Is My Bed
    In The War Zone is My Bed, a prostitute from Kabul and a journalist from Bosnia stumble through a maze of brutality to find solace within each other.