A journalist and her colleague find themselves unexpectedly detained by a band of insurgents, as bombs rain down on a war-torn landscape. Her captors offer one telephone call — a chance to reconnect with the mother she hasn't seen in ten years, who's now living in Turkey and preparing a celebration of the great Sufi poet Rumi. History, religion, and the beauty of whirling dervishes collide in this powerful, ripped-from-the-headlines portrait of a world at war.

Sinan Ünel's plays have been produced in New York, Boston, New Haven, Los Angeles, London, Germany, and Austria. A Huntington Playwriting Fellow, Ünel is the winner of the John Gassner Memorial Award, the Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award, and the lark Theater's New Play Award. His other plays include Pera Palas, Pathétique, Tolstoy's Den, Thalassa My Heart, and The Three of Cups. 

Video

  • What Audiences Are Saying About The Cry of the Reed at the Huntington

    Music composed by Eric ShimNey performed by Gamal Lotfi

    Video by: Laura Haughey & Paul Lyzun

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  • Behind the scenes of The Cry of the Reed

    Behind the scenes footage of the The Cry of the Reed, presented by the Huntington Theatre Company at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.

    About the play:A journalist and her colleague find themselves unexpectedly "detained" by a band of insurgents as bombs rain down on a wartorn landscape. Her captors offer her one telephone call - a chance to reconnect with the mother she hasn't spoken to in 10 years, now living in Turkey and preparing for a festival celebrating the great Sufi poet Rumi. History, religion, and the beauty of whirling dervishes collide in this powerful, ripped-from-the-headlines portrait of a world at war.

    Music composed by: Eric ShimNey performed by: Gamal Lotfi

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Artists

  • Sean DuganJosh
  • Amir ArisonHakan / Kadir
  • Cigdem OnatAyla
  • Darren PettiePhilip
  • Lisa BirnbaumSevgi
  • Laith NakliTariq / Emir / Mumtaz
  • Rafi SilverNabil
  • Michael ChybowskiLighting Design
  • Eric ShimOriginal Music / Sound Design

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