The 2017 HRDC Visiting Director’s Project

Written by Hanane Hajj Ali
Directed by Melissa Nussbaum Freeman
Produced by Madison Deming ’18


Loeb Mainstage

Friday, October 27 at 8pm*
Saturday, October 28 at 7pm
Sunday, October 29 at 2pm & 7pm
Wednesday, November 1 at 8pm*
Thursday, November 2 at 8pm
Friday, November 3 at 8pm**
Saturday, November 4 at 2pm

Performances denoted with a single asterisk are free with HUID.

The performance denoted with two asterisks will be followed by a post-show conversation with the playwright – Hanane Hajj Ali!

To purchase tickets, please call the ART Box Office at 617-547-8300 or visit to purchase online.

This Visiting Director’s residence is made possible through the generosity and support of the Harvard Office for the Arts.


The Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club’s 2017 Visiting Director’s Project – “JOGGING: Theatre in Progress” , directed and adapted by Melissa Nussbaum Freeman, is an exploration of Muslim identity and motherhood. The playwright and activist Hanane Hajj Ali is visiting Harvard during the run to discuss her play and its impact, both in Lebanon and in our U.S. Premiere!

Hanane is an actress. She is a mother. She is an activist. She is a hijabi woman. She is Lebanese. She shies away from no topic – not politics, not sex, not religion. She ponders the stories of Medea-esque mothers throughout history as she jogs through the streets of Beirut.

Please be advised that this production contains mature themes and language, and is not suitable for children under 12. The characters speak openly about issues of identity-based/sexual violence, politics, religion, and other sensitive topics. Please feel free to contact [email protected] for more detailed information about sensitive content.


Hanane … Mahnoor Ali
Medea … Ruva Chigwedere
Yvonne … Iris Feng
Margaret … Devonne Pitts
Zahra … Elle Shaheen
Chorus … Georgia Bowder-Newton, Alis Jones, Tajrean Rahman
Husbands & Son … Sahil Handa


Director … Melissa Nussbaum Freeman
Assistant Director … Lucy Golub
Stage Manager … Vivian Tian
Production Manager … Kat Nakaji
Set Designer … Madison Johnson
Technical Director … Beckett Mullen
Lighting Designer … Aaron Olkin
Master Electrician/Associate Lighting Designer … Chloe Yu
Assistant Lighting Designer … Leah Marsh
Sound Designer … Samantha Tham
Costume Designer … Emily Taradash
Associate Costume Designer … Ciara Hervas
Projections Designer … Vanessa Roser
Props Designer … Connie Zhao
Arabic Coach … Anwar Omeish
Associate Producers … Carla Troconis, Devon Gunter
Producer … Madison Deming