I Am Not
My Motherland

play 3

by Emily Acker
directed by Rebecca Wright


July 14 - 31, 2016

923 Ludlow Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
(Home of the lantern theater co.)

A hotshot Palestinian-American surgeon and her fledgling Israeli-American resident botch a life-saving operation. As the story unravels in repeated scenes, I AM NOT MY MOTHERLAND retells stories of collective grief and collective possibility.

Finalist, O'Neill Playwrights Conference
Developed by Orbiter 3, InterAct Theatre Co., & The Foundry



Hannah Gold
Dr. Jessica Rosel

Isabella Sazak
Dr. Amina Leroy

Brian Anthony Wilson
Mr. Irving Miller


Masha Tsimring
Set & Lighting Design

Jamie Grace-Duff
Costume Design

Adriano Shaplin
Sound Design

Flora Vassar
Props Design

Nicole Labadie-Bartz
Stage Manager

Michael Lambui
Set & Lights Assistant

Zachary McKenna
Projections Tech

Shira Berger
Assistant Stage Manager

Ben Levan
Production Manager

Maura Krause

Erin Washburn
Assistant Producer


The Charlotte Cushman Foundation

The Puffin Foundation

The Wyncote Foundation

Associate Producers
Evan & Hao-Li Loh Annonymous

Promotional photography by Plate 3 Photography

Production photography (featured here) by Ginger Fox Photography

box office & info

This show depicts sexual violence.

Run Time 75 minutes

Accessibility - We regret that the St. Stephen's Theater is not wheelchair accessible.

Box Office opens at the venue 1 hour before performance time.

Discounts are available for students, seniors & groups.

Parking is available at $11 flat rate for show patrons at LAZ Parking on 10th & Chestnut Streets. Collect a regular ticket upon entering the garage, and visit the Box Office for your LAZ Parking Coupon.

Douglas Williams
Box Office Manager


Praise for
I Am Not My

philadelphia inquirer

A strobe light on reality

"In 75 minutes, I Am Not My Motherland unveils the heavy implications of the stories inherited by generations... The result shines a strobe light on what we call reality, dissecting all its layers to find the tumor. ... There is but one conclusion: Our personal versions of truth are fictions, and we apologize for the inconsequential things in our lives because we can't remedy the atrocities our people perpetrated in the past, regardless of the sides they took.


dc metro theater arts

"A stimulating work full of intelligence and polish

... An intriguing and vital way to present a story where the point of view is crucial. ... A sleek, dazzling presentation..."


Broad Street Review

An exciting new playwright

"Considered independently of the high bar set by Orbiter 3's first two productions, I Am Not My Motherland is a professional premiere of a promising play by an exciting new playwright. ... As serious as those first two [Orbiter 3 plays], and more ambitious in scope..."



Actively engages the audience

"The play presents us with many conflicts between characters told from each doctor’s point of view, reminding us that there are two sides to every story, and it never holds one perspective as more valid than the other. Each member of the audience will form an opinion based on their own perceptions—which is why the use of rewinding the scene is so effective—and instead of simply telling a story the way that most narratives do, it actively engages the audience."