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An Ethiopian theater of servitude comes to the NEST
January 19, 2013 12:48 AM
By Meris Lutz
The Daily Star
BEIRUT: Domestic worker by day, artist by night, always outspoken, Rahel Zegeye appears undaunted by the fact that General Security’s censorship department has yet to approve the script of her first play, “Shouting Without a Listener.”
“If they refuse we’ll hold a protest,” she says, laughing. “No really, I hope they approve it.”
Zegeye, 32, comes across as irrepressible and self-assured as she welcomes The Daily Star to her office. The office is not, in fact, hers. It belongs to a friend of her sponsor, one of the many supporters and allies who have rallied around Zegeye since she became a leader in the movement for migrant workers’ rights. When her friend is out of town, she takes messages and uses the office as her own.
Zegeye moved to Lebanon from her native Ethiopia 13 years ago, leaving behind a budding career in television and theater. At the time, her father, a former police captain who she cites as one of her inspirations, had been fired from his job and the family was in dire straits.
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