Novel - Kay is searching for a publisher for her recently-completed novel that explores the transformative friendship between two Saudi women; a troubled college graduate and a mysterious elderly bedouin storyteller. She's also working on a novel set in Morocco.
American Association of University Women - Kay is a past president and now an enthusiastic member of the local branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) that includes several towns south of Boston. AAUW is a nationwide organization with more than 125,000 members that brings together college graduates to raise money for women's higher education and to foster positive societal change. Learn more about AAUW .
School Presentations - Would your students benefit from an interactive presentation about the Middle East, Middle Eastern music, Saudi Arabia and its traditional culture, or the women of Saudi Arabia? Kay is available to design a presentation to fit the needs of your Middle East-related topics that will challenge assumptions and get students thinking about the region in a new way. Most importantly, she'll show your students how to explore the Middle East on their own with the Internet. Contact Kay for more information.
Music - Kay plays 'oud and violin in the Arabic and Middle Eastern music community in greater Boston. This spring she'll be playing in the Tufts Takht at Tufts University, conducted by Kareem Roustom.
Arabic Music Retreat 2013 - The Seventeenth Annual Arabic Music Retreat will be held at Mount Holyoke College in August, 2013. Check the official web site of the Retreat for the latest news. Or, join the Retreat's on-line email list by sending a blank e-mail to this link: Arabic Music Retreat Email List.
Dance, Folklore Classes, Henna Parties - Kay teaches Gulf and Saudi women's folk dances (Khaliji or Khaleeji dance) as well as simple folk songs to groups of women and girls. She can combine class with a henna party and a live music performance. See Upcoming Events for currently-scheduled workshops. If you'd like to organize a Khaliji folkloric dance class, contact Kay.
Future Shoma Performances: Kay wrote the script for, and acted as music director for the 1998 theater performance of Shoma, produced by Cassandra Shore and the Jawaahir Dance Company of Minneapolis, and directed by Carolyn Goelzer. This full-length production played to sellout houses at Southern Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota in July, 1998. Based on the Bedouin tale told by a woman storyteller, Shoma combines storytelling, theater, poetry, Gulf and Saudi music, and traditional Middle Eastern dance. It features a small ensemble of women musicians, as well a company of actors and dancers. Sumptuous costumes are designed by Eileen O'Shaughnessey. Articles and reviews of Shoma. Here is another article about Shoma from the Twin Cities' City Pages. Slide show of Shoma (scroll to bottom of page for slide show).
Shoma is set at a women's wedding party in Saudi Arabia, where the mysterious elderly woman storyteller Shoma is invited to try to smooth the waters between the bride and groom's families. The bride's family is shockingly liberal, and the groom's family is ultraconservative. Shoma entertains the women guests by spinning a tale about a teenage shepherdess who gets lost in a desert sandstorm and is rescued by a handsome young man. Will she be allowed to marry him, even though he's from outside the tribe? Will her reputation be ruined and will her father forgive her because she spent time with the young man alone, lost in the desert? Only Shoma, the storyteller, knows how it will end. A shortened matinee version of Shoma was performed at the St. Paul, Minnesota Capital New Year Celebration in 1998 and 1999 at the Ordway Theater. The Jawaahir Dance Company is seeking performance opportunities for this timely production. For more information on Shoma, please contact Jawaahir Booking.