written and performed by Najla Saïd, was produced Off-Broadway by Twilight Theatre Company in association with New York Theatre Workshop.  It was performed at the The Fourth Street Theatre, 83 East 4th Street, New York City, from February 6 through April 3, 2010. PALESTINE attracted worldwide attention.  40 of the 49 performances were sold out.

Najla Saïd has since performed a concert version of PALESTINE at many schools and colleges around the country.  For inquiries and information email HERE.

Najla Saïd was raised in a privileged environment on the Upper West Side.  Her father was the eminent Palestinian Edward Saïd.  Her mother is Lebanese.  Her best friends growing up were Jewish. 

playwright, performer

director, dramaturg

set and costume design

lighting design

original music

sound design

line producer

production stage manager

press representative

Fourth Street Theatre, NYC.

Najla Saïd

Sturgis Warner

Meghan E. Healey

Ben Stanton

Ray Leslee

Jeanne Wu

Louis Moreno

Molly Minor Eustis

Sam Rudy Media Relations

February 6 - April 3, 2010



Rich, honest, and very funny, PALESTINE is a compassionate look at the Middle East from another point of view.

PALESTINE is a personal journey from the “toniest private schools”, to the “stench of Gaza,” through two wars, the horrors of 9/11, encounters with the likes of Yasir Arafat, “cheeky” photographers and, of course, her esteemed family.