One-show-only staged reading

Syrian Angle at the opera house

Jun 13, 2018
Playwright Irene Kapustina, standing left, is pictured with some of the interviewees whose experiences appear in “Lost and Guided.”

Camden — “Lost and Guided,” which premiered last year in New York City and played in May at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, will be presented one night only — Saturday, June 23 — at the Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St./Route 1. The staged reading is brought to the Midcoast by the New York-City-based Angle Project.

Doors will open for a finger food reception at 6 p.m. The 7 p.m. performance will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

Written and directed by Irene Kapustina, “Lost and Guided” is an original play based on interviews with Syrian refugees. It tells the story of how the lives of four young Syrians are changed forever after anti-government protests transpire in the city of Daraa. Throughout the next six years, each of them is forced to undergo a heroic journey, while the turmoil in their country erupts into a full-fledged civil war.

From the Middle East to the streets of New Orleans, "Lost and Guided" is a universal story of love, friendship and the struggle for happiness.

The staged reading is on tour under the auspices of the New England Arab American Organization. NEAAO was founded and is led by Zoe Sahloul, an immigrant herself, with a mission to help ease the integration of Arab immigrants into the American society and bridge the gap between the cultures. NEAAO is one of the lead organizations that provide opportunities for Arab immigrants to start building their new lives in Maine.

Tickets are $25, available online at

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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