In 2003, newly wed Layal plans a future with her family as they make plans to immigrate to the U.S. from Baghdad. 18 years later, just outside of Chicago, Layal’s life and responsibilities look unimaginably different from what she had envisioned two decades before. Layalina examines how families maintain their love in the midst of turbulent global and social change.


Development- 2020, Chicago, IL, Playwright’s Lab, Jackalope Theatre
Reading- 2021, Chicago, IL, Future Labs, Goodman Theatre
Residency Workshop- 2021, Mt. Tremper, NY, Mt. Tremper Arts Center w/ National Queer Theatre
Reading- 2021, New York City, NY, Criminal Queerness Festival, National Queer Theatre

Martin Yousif Zebari

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