Written by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig
Directed by Kat Zhou ’17
Produced by Deng-Tung Wang ’17 and Connie Zhao ’19


Loeb Experimental Theater

Friday, April 28th at 7pm
Saturday, April 29th at 2pm
Saturday, April 29th at 7pm
Sunday, April 30th at 2pm
Sunday, April 30th at 7pm

Run time: 100 minutes without intermission.

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Lidless is set in a parallel near-future in which Guantanamo has been shut down and converted into a tourist resort. Fifteen years later, Bashir, a former prisoner suffering from hepatitis contracted during the torture he underwent, needs a liver transplant and seeks out Alice, who interrogated, tortured, and raped him in Guantanamo. Alice has since taken pills provided by the government to erase her memories in an effort to prevent PTSD, so she now lives a “normal” family life with her husband Lucas and daughter Rhiannon, blissfully unaware of the past. Bashir’s reappearance disrupts all of this, forcing her to confront the person she was and perhaps still is. Together, they must acknowledge the trauma of their past and find a way to move forward.

This performance may not be suitable for children; contents deal with sexual assault and military torture and include explicit language.


Alice … Simone Huemer
Bashir … Farhan Javed
Rhiannon … Halah Ahmad
Riva … Sarah Mokh
Lucas … Damian Liu
Zakiyah … Tajrean Rahman


Director … Kat Zhou
Producers … Deng-Tung Wang, Connie Zhao
Stage Manager … Celia Kenney
Set Designer … Joseph Lee
Tech Director … Susan Li
Costume Designer … Mahnoor Ali
Sound Designer … Sam Tham
Lighting Designer … Madhavi Narayanan
Properties Co-Masters … Bronte Lim, Richard Tong
Makeup Designer … Sabrina Chok
Community Outreach Coordinators … Ashley Zhou, Minahil Khan
Poster Designer … Faye Zhang