Ships in the Night

A Play Reading

Sun, Oct 1, 2023
  • Written by Ameer Idreis
  • Directed by Anthony Palermo

Event Ended

  • Date: Sun, Oct 1, 2023
  • Time & Duration: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (EST) (1h 30m)
  • Intermission: 1 (10 min)
  • Cost:
    • General


  • Venue:
    Hart House
    7 Hart House Cir,
    Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
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  • Room: Debates Room (2034)
  • Note: This event is free and open to all


Join us for the first public play reading of Ships in the Night by Ameer Idreis.

Omar – 23, gay, and Palestinian – is new to Toronto and getting a foothold in the dating scene. His friends are eager to hear about his date with Isaac, but, as he retells the story of their first date, revelations lead them to interrupt the re-enactment. Omar and Isaac have a lot in common — a religious upbringing, conservative parents, and a geopolitical conflict. As they navigate the uncertain terrain of their time together, Omar and his friends question whether a Palestinian Muslim and an Israeli Jew can end up together, what it means to be a settler, and the dynamics of the Occupation… all told through the prism of young adult humour.

Ships in the Night won the top prize at the 2023 Hart House theatre Playwriting Competition and had further dramaturgical support from award-winning playwright and 2023 Competition Judge Ho Ka Kei (Jeff Ho). Hart House Theatre is thrilled to host a celebratory reading to highlight this incredible new play and kick off our 2024 Hart House U of T Playwriting Competition.