Ismail Khalidi (writer)
|Notable works||Tennis in Nablus (2010)
Truth Serum Blues (2005)
Ismail Khalidi (Arabic: إسماعيل خالدي) is a Palestinian American playwright, poet, and actor, best known for the plays Tennis in Nablus (2010) and Truth Serum Blues (2005). Tennis in Nablus received two graduate student Kennedy Center Honors in 2008 while he was still at NYU, the Mark Twain Comedy Playwriting Award and the Quest for Peace Playwriting Award.
Khalidi was born in Beirut, Lebanon and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He is the son of Rashid Khalidi and the grandson of Ismail Khalidi. Khalidi received his B.A. from Macalester College in 2005 and his M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University in 2009. Khalidi's MFA thesis play is titled, "Final Status."
His first production (co-created with Bassam Jarbawi) Truth Serum Blues, debuted in 2005 at the Pangea World Theater in Minneapolis where he was also an actor and writer in residence. His award winning play Tennis in Nablus had its theatrical debut at the Alliance Theatre in 2010.
Khalidi has published works of poetry in Mizna:Prose, Poetry, and Art Exploring Arab America, and has written for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Nation, Times Union (Albany), The Daily Beast, and the The Electronic Intifada.
Tennis in Nablus
- 2008 Kennedy Center Honors (Graduate Student Award) - Mark Twain Comedy Playwriting Award
- 2008 Kennedy Center Honors (Graduate Student Award) - Quest for Peace Playwriting Award
- National Endowment for the Arts Grant - Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Inc. (on behalf of Alliance Theatre)
- 2009-2010 New York Theater Workshop Artist Fellows
- 2009-2010 The Alliance Theater's Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition
- Tennis in Nablus (2010)
- Truth Serum Blues (2005) (with Bassam Jarbawi)
- Foot (2007)
- Routine Procedure(s) 2: Prayer Beads of Cold Sweat or Driving While Izlaamic (2006)
- Routine Procedure(s) (2004)
- "The showdown at the U.N.." Times Union (Albany), September 23, 2011.
- "The Case for Palestine." The Daily Beast, Sep 19, 2011.
- "Remembering Juliano Mer-Khamis." The Nation, April 11, 2011 (with Jen Marlowe)
- "Debunking the Palestinian stereotype." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 9, 2010.
- Lark Theater Bio
- "Rashid Khalidi". Middle East Institute of Columbia University. Retrieved 2006-08-29.
- Keep it in the Family:Silvertongue
- 2009 MFA Thesis Readings
- Truth Serum Blues a Play by Ismail Khalidi and Bassam Jarbawi
- The Graduate Center, City University of New York, Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center Upcoming Event: Truth Serum Blues
- Photo Flash: TENNIS IN NABLUS Plays the Alliance Thru 2/21
- Kennedy Center: Mark Twain Award
- Kennedy Center: Quest for Peace Playwriting Award
- NEA 2010 Grant Awards: Access to Artistic Excellence
- New York Theatre Workshop
- The Alliance Theater's Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition
- Foot: Mizna 9.1, 2007
- Routine Procedure(s) 2: Prayer Beads of Cold Sweat or Driving While Izlaamic: Mizna 8.1, 2006
- 'Routine Procedure(s): Mizna 6.2, 2004