Everyone Has Tears/Cynthia Sophiea
Everyone Has Tears is the timely story of a woman of Palestinian and Lebanese descent who, deeply impacted by the anti-Arab atmosphere in America, has hidden her roots for a lifetime. A series of interwoven stories are told with honesty, grace, and humor, giving voice to my Lebanese grandmother, who came to America as a 20-year-old bride; my "broken" Palestinian cousin, Salim, whose family lost everything in the violent birth of the state of Israel; the older-than-his-years Palestinian boy I met in a Beirut refugee camp in 1981; the passionate Jewish-American writer, defender of the Jewish state; and, drawing on some of the unique experiences I've had as an Arab-American actress (Broadway, television and film), even the voices of Golde and Tzeitel from "Fiddler on the Roof,í¢ï¿½ï¿½ characters I have played and loved. The transformative process of researching, writing, and performing the piece has brought about a healing through artistic engagement, altering my view of í¢ï¿½ï¿½otherí¢ï¿½ï¿½ and fostering a new willingness to engage. This same desire for understanding is becoming more and more visible on a universal level, both politically and socially, through radically increasing awareness about the Middle East. í¢ï¿½ï¿½Everyone Has Tearsí¢ï¿½ï¿½ is a forum for promoting healing and cross-cultural understanding and has the potential to facilitate dialogue from hearts opened through artistic expression instead of from minds fixed in divisive rhetoric.