Salomé, adapted and directed by Yaël Fraber opens tonight at Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC. We began this journey last spring and it has been an absolute honor to create this piece with such an incredible company — my blood brothers and sisters of story. I play Caiaphas, the High Priest, in this gritty retelling of the Salomé story.
In this new work, internationally acclaimed adaptor/director Yaël Farber reworks Oscar Wilde’s play with ancient Arabic and Hebraic texts. The result is an urgently relevant exploration of the woman’s voice in history, oppressed people’s power over their own bodies, and the explosive connections between religious and political uprising.
Salomé marks STC’s entry in the Women’s Voices Theater Festival with this new adaptation by Farber, a multiple award-winning director and playwright with a reputation for hard-hitting, artistic works. Her productions have toured extensively internationally, and include Nirbhaya, Molora, Woman in Waiting, He Left Quietly, Amajuba, Mies Julie—a Helen Hayes Award-nominated Presentation at STC in Fall 2013—and an acclaimed production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.