Shuruq 4.5 Presents: My Father, My Martyr & Me- Solo Play by Fargo Tbakhi
Date(s) - 10/22/2020
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Rachel Corrie Foundation
My Father, My Martyr, and Me: Postcolonial Instructions for Loving the Palestinian Body
A solo performance in poetry by Fargo Tbakhi, My Father, My Martyr, and Me asks audiences to engage in the project of unlearning the criminality always already layered onto the Palestinian body. Using an invented method called “unarcheology” to examine Fargo’s life, his father’s life, and the life of Sirhan Sirhan, the performance seeks to decolonize possibilities for solidarity, support, and love towards the survival of the Palestinian people. Staged on and around a large pile of dirt, the performance uses a nonlinear, queer, decolonial approach to text and to aesthetics to ultimately ask: in the face of decades of colonization, erasure, and colonization, how can we love each other better?
My Father, My Martyr and Me was first performed March 29-30, 2019, at the Empty Space Theater at Arizona State University, under the direction of Artistic Director Jennifer Linde. It was subsequently produced independently, with support from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, at the Black Theatre Troupe’s theatre space in Phoenix, AZ December 2019, at OUTsider Fest February 2020, and was programmed at INTER-SECTION Solo Fest March 2020 (postponed due to COVID).
Fargo tbakhi is a queer American Palestinian writer and performer living in Phoenix, Arizona. his poetry has been published in Mizna, Glass, Peach Mag, Cosmonauts Avenue, and elsewhere. he is the recipient of the 2018 Ghassan Kanafani Resistance Arts Scholarship. he has had a mustache since 2017. he often feels sad on his birthday. after his family moved from California to Arizona in order to afford daily life, his father moved back alone to Jordan. he has an unexplained shock of grey in his pubic hair. He mispronounces words in this performance.
sirhan bishara sirhan is a Palestinian with Jordanian citizenship. he is known for murdering Robert Kennedy in 1968. he worked as a horse trainer, a jockey, and was a member of the Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis. he is currently incarcerated at the Richard J Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, California, one hour away from where fargo tbakhi lived in oceanside in 2008. he is a devoted Christian. he reads the bible every night. after 9/11 he was put into solitary confinement because prisoners and prison officials believed he was a terrorist. his hair is grey. after his family immigrated to the united states after losing their home in palestine, his father, Bishara Sirhan, moved back to Palestine alone. his lawyers claim now that he was hypnotized into killing kennedy.
wajieh tbakhi is a Palestinian architect with Jordanian citizenship. he was indicted in 2013 for participating in a 2008 mortgage fraud scheme with several other co-conspirators in orange county, California. he is particularly gifted at making egg and cheese sandwiches on English muffins. he has had a mustache on and off throughout his life. his hair is going grey. he used to wear leather jackets a lot. He lived once in Pasadena, California, minutes from where sirhan sirhan lived, and where his brother Munir Sirhan still lives. he moved back to Jordan alone, and married, and had two daughters. he lived once in Corona, California, where sirhan sirhan trained to be a jockey. after 9/11 he was stopped at a highway station for an hour while driving his children to school. he believes that the cure for most illnesses is eating raw ginger root.