An American Premiere
By Hanna Eady & Edward Mast | Directed by John Vreeke
Playing June 7—July 2, 2017

Part of

Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival

The Return

By Hanna Eady & Edward Mast | Directed by John Vreeke
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Sprenger Theatre
June 7—July 2, 2017

A gripping mystery set in a run-down automobile repair shop in old Herzliya, this American premiere by Palestinian playwright Hanna Eady and Seattle-based writer with Edward Mast elegantly dramatizes the smoldering tension between a Palestinian mechanic and an attracted, conflicted Israeli Jewish woman from his past. Four Pinteresque scenes deftly unfold a story of love, betrayal, guilt, and challenge.

"Full of LISTENING, COMPASSION and PAIN, marked by DEEP UNHEALED WOUNDS... as COMPELLING as it could be.”

-Nelson Pressley, The Washington Post

Reviews & Press

-Tim Treanor, DC Theatre Scene
-Nelson Pressley, The Washington Post


-Robert Michael Oliver, DCMetroTheaterArts

Calendar & Tickets

Box Office

Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H Street NE

Washington, DC 20002

Box Office

202-399-7993 ext 2

Box Office Hours

M-Sat: 10:30am-5:30pm

Sun: 10:30am-1:30pm

Box office does NOT take calls two hours prior to a show's curtain, but will return all voice messages left during that time.

Will Call opens one hour prior to curtain.

Patrons who arrive late will be seated at the discretion of management.

Click here to download the show calendar.

Opening Night: Monday, June 12 at 7:30PM


Wed June 7 at 8:15PM | Post show discussion with artistic staff
Thur June 8 at 8:15PM | Post show discussion with artistic staff
Fri June 9 at 8:15PM
Sat June 10 at 8:15PM
Sun June 11 at 3PM
Post show discussion

Mon June 12 at 7:30PM | Opening Night, SOLD OUT
Thur June 15 at 8PM | Post show discussion with New Israel Fund and the cast
Fri June 16 at 8PMHappy Hour at 7pm
Sat June 17 at 3PM | Post show discussion


Sat June 17 at 8PM Post show discussion
Sun June 18 at 3PM Post show discussion
Wed June 21 at 8PM Post show discussion
Thur June 22 at 8PM | Post show discussion with the cast
Fri June 23 at 8PM | Happy Hour at 7pm
Sat June 24 at 3PM | Peace Café
Sat June 24 at 8PM
Sun June 25 at 3PM
 | Post show discussion with the cast
Wed June 28 at 8PM | Post show discussion
Thur June 29 at 8PM Post show discussion
Fri June 30 at 8PM
Sat July 1 at 3PM
 | ASL Interpreted; post show discussion
Sat July 1 at 8PM
Sun July 2 at 3PM

Reva & David Logan Foundation 
Community Engagement Series
50 Years Later:
Israeli & Palestinian Reckonings
All discussions are free and open to the public, and begin immediately after scheduled show time.
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Meet the Artists

Hanna Eady (Playwright) is a Palestinian-American actor and playwright best known for co-writing Suhmata, a play about the destruction of the Palestinian Arab village of Suhmata, near Acre in what is now northern Israel. Eady was born in 1956 in the village of Buqu'ya in the Upper Galilee region of Israel, and took an interest in theater from an early age. He earned a B.A. in social work from the University of Haifa, and then worked as the artistic director of a theater. He then moved to the United States to study theater, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Fine Arts in drama and directing from the University of Washington in Seattle. After obtaining his third academic degree, Eady opened the New Image Theater Company, where he wrote and produced numerous plays, including Seeing Double (1991) and Abraham's Land (1992). The play Suhmata, which he co-wrote with Edward Mast, depicts the 1948 destruction of a Palestinian village of that name during the 1948 Palestine war. The play debuted in Seattle in 1996 and has since been performed in various theaters in the United States, Europe and the Middle East.

Edward Mast (Playwright) was born in California and now lives in Seattle with his wife and daughter. His plays and solo performances have been seen in New York, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Kansas City, Honolulu, Oxford, Tashkent, Jerusalem, and other cities. Recent productions include Senecawith Samizdat Theatre; Shearwater River with Chain Link; No Problem, a puppet show with Cardboard Theatre; S2 at Annex Theatre; Tent City Planet, Antigone’s Nation, Sleepwalking Apocalypse and Shadows of Exile with the Theatre Squad; The Million Bells of Ocean at Moving Arts and American Theatre Company; and adaptations of Prometheus Bound/Unbound at the Bailiwick Theatre, The War Prayer at The Coterie, Uncle Vampire at Write/Act, the Chinese classic Peach Blossom Fan at the CalArts Center For New Theatre, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea at the Resident Theatre Company. His play Sahmatah: Memory of Stones (co-written with Hanna Eady), has been touring Israel since 1998. His plays Jungalbook, Dinosaurus, and Wolf Child: The Correction of Joseph are published by Anchorage Press, and his plays The Hobbit and Trickster Mountain or the Tengu of Kami by Dramatic Publishing Company. He has received commissions, awards, grants and fellowships from Seattle Arts Commission, Artist Trust, Seattle Childrens Theatre, American Alliance for Theatre and Education, CalArts Center for New Theatre, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 

John Vreeke (Director) has been directing in the Washington DC area since 2002. He has directed at Olney Theater Company (Bakersfield Mist and Fiddler on the Roof), Metro Stage (The Letters, Underneath the Lintel and The Thousandth Night, among others), Round House Theater Company (Uncle Vanya and The Lyons), Theater J (The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide..., Race, and The Tattooed Girl, among others), Forum Theater (The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Drunk Enough to Say I Love You), Everyman Theater (Opus and Red Herring), Theater Alliance (The Monument), Washington Shakespeare Company (Death and The Kings Horseman, Lady Chatterley's Lover and Tiny Alice) as well as Woolly Mammoth (Guards at the Taj, Cherokee and Detroit, among others) where he currently works as a company member. Before relocating to the DC area John received his MFA in Theatre Directing from The University of Utah and worked in regional theaters across Texas, Washington State and California. He has also directed and taught at The University of Virginia, Cornish College of the Arts, the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, University of Maryland, Northwest Actors Studio, Seattle Central Community College, Houston Community College, and University of Michigan-Flint. 

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Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H Street NE

Washington, DC 20002

202-399-7993 ext 2


Monday-Friday, 11 AM to 2 PM; 3 PM to 6 PM

In person: 2 hours prior to show on show days

Box office does NOT take calls two hours prior to a show's curtain, but will return all voice messages left during that time.

Will Call opens one hour prior to curtain.

Patrons who arrive late will be seated at the discretion of management.