Hypokrit Theatre Company and Rebel Theater have teamed up, i​n​ association with the Equity in the Arts & Culture Committee of the Brooklyn Branch of the NAACP,​ ​to present a live virtual reading of ​Madonna of Damascus,​ a play by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj.

The reading is scheduled for Sunday, August 30th, 2020 at 5PM EST, and will be followed by a 30-minute conversation between the cast, creative team, and the audience. V


There is a suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Equity in the Arts & Culture Committee of the Brooklyn Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. 



Madonna of Damascus​ is inspired by true stories from undocumented LGBTQ+ immigrants from Syria living in New York City. Rooted specifically in Theater of Witness, this distinct and unique theatrical form of storytelling is anchored in testimonial performance by people sharing their personal and collective stories of suffering, transformation, grace, enlightenment, and peace. The characters in the play bear witness to the trauma, marginalization, oppression, strength, faith, heart, grace, and the complexity of the human experience to address some of society’s most challenging issues These themes include immigration, faith, LGBTQ+ rights, identity, history, legacy, parenting, tradition, family, and the pursuit of the American Dream for all.


Written by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj 

Directed by Arpita Mukherjee

Featuring: Aya Aziz, Mariam Bazeed, & SEVAN