Deceptive Threads: Staging a Migrant Archive
AbstractDavid Joseph’s solo show, Deceptive Threads, dramatizes the story of his two grandfathers by drawing on archival material that exposed the hidden history of these two men, and ultimately his wider family. The recipient of the 2015 Moise A. Khayrallah Center art prize, Joseph’s play skillfully unravels the many threads that constitute the playwright’s complex Lebanese and Australian identity. In the following piece, Joseph explains his motivations for writing this solo play, his attempts to recover his Lebanese identity through it, and the significance of particular theatrical techniques and props used for this recovery. Also included in this issue is the full script of Deceptive Threads, as well as a link to a recording of his performance.
Cover image: David Joseph, Deceptive Threads, 2015.
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