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International Theater Artist Holds Free Presentation & Performance on Refugee Crisis

August 07, 2017

International theater artist and activist Marco Magoa will give a free presentation on his personal experience with recent political upheaval in the Arab world at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, in the Vandal Ballroom at the Bruce M. Pitman Center. 

As part of his visit to campus, Magoa will also offer a free performance about the Syrian refuge crisis at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, at the Hartung Theater, 625 Stadium Drive. Performance tickets are free and available at BookPeople of Moscow and at the door an hour before curtain, while supplies last.

Magoa has lived in Arab countries for many years and his play, “Mare Nostrum. Finis Somnia Vestra” (“Our Sea. The End of Your Dreams”) brings to life a young man seeking asylum in Europe and his desperate, three-day open sea journey from Libya to Italy. Written and directed by Magoa, “Mare Nostrum” is the third part of a trilogy that has been presented on three continents. 

“It’s a reflection about Europe and its political lethargy,” Magoa writes. “But the important thing is that the play is a story of love: love for the friendship, the family, the children, the abandoned land and the romantic love — all destroyed by the war.”

Magoa, who is from Madrid, Spain, will be on campus for several days visiting classes to discuss current events and performance. In 2007, he founded the theater company Teatro4m and has presented his projects in Morocco, Denmark, Spain, Egypt, Jordan, Tunis and Namibia, with the participation of over 70 artists representing more than 11 nationalities. 

“I wrote ‘Mare Nostrum. Finis Somnia Vestra’ inspired on my memories of the time I lived in Syria before the war, on real testimonies from Syrian citizens at Zaatari, the biggest refugee camp in Jordan, working with them during this endless war,” Magoa said. “I wanted to honor in my play their dreams and hopes, but also the nightmares and the horror of war that I saw in their eyes.”

The event is hosted by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, theDepartment of Theatre Arts and the Martin Institute and Program in International Studies, all part of UI’s College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. Sponsorship is provided by the Idaho Humanities Council, the University of Idaho, Teatro4m and the UI Office of Multicultural Affairs.

For more information about Margoa, contact Marta Boris Tarre at 208-596-5582. For tickets, contact Theatre Arts at 208-885-6465 or visit  

Media Contacts
Kelly O’Neill
Media Relations, Theatre Arts Department

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