“Sara Abou Rashed is a powerful voice, and inspiration.”
—Marian Wright Edelman, The Children’s Defense Fund President
Sara Abou Rashed is one of the most exciting young voices in America. Larry Smith, creator of the Six-Word Memoir project and Six In the City: Columbus, directs Sara in her first full-length theatrical production,
A Map of Myself: A 70-Minute, One-Woman Revolution on War, Immigration, Language, Home, History, DNA, and Everything in Between.
In a 70-minute performance that combines acting, classic storytelling in the tradition of Spalding Gray, and dynamic spoken-word poetry in English and Arabic, Sara recounts her journey from war-torn Damascus, Syria to welcoming Columbus, Ohio. The daughter of Syrian-born parents and the granddaughter of Palestinian-born grandparents, Sara early on grew up with the fascination of “belonging.” In Syria, Sara’s family lived in an area designated for descendants of Palestinian refugees. Although Sara and her parents were born and spent their entire lives in Syria, they were never given citizenship in either Syria or Palestine. Her confusion over her homeland and the immigration she experienced to escape the Syrian civil war unleashed her creativity at a young age. In her poetry and her prose, Sara addresses issues of identity, diaspora, politics, war, and what it means to find “home.”