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Algerian Political Theater Troupe Comes To Connecticut

The Algerian political theater troupe Istijmam is in Connecticut this week, as guests of HartBeat Ensemble. Both companies will participate in a panel discussion on "Theater in Times of Crisis" 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford. Istijmam journeyed here thanks to the New England Foundation for the Arts' Center Stage program. The Algerians will also meet with students at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and Yale University this week. Sadly, Istijmam will not be giving a public performance in Connecticut. They will be performing in Durham, N.H., Sept. 16-18; in Ashfield, Mass., Sept. 19-21; in Denmark, Maine, Sept. 22-24; and at La Mama Theatre in New York City Sept. 26 through Oct. 2. Details at

Istijmam theater group from Algeria
The Algerian theater company Istijmam, visiting Hartford Ensemble this week. (Provided by Istijmam)
That Istijmam/HartBeat panel discussion kicks off the fall semester of the University of St. Joseph's Bruyette Athenaeum Performing Arts Series. The series continues with Hand2Mouth Theater's sports-themed "Pep Talk" Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 and 17, and the hip-hop theater performance "Spiritrials" (written and performed by Dahlak Brathwaite) Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Sandglass Theater — the Vermont-based puppet troupe that has made numerous visits to UConn over the years, will be at St. Joseph's Oct. 7-9 with "D-Generation — An Exaltation of Larks." The annual "5X5" contemporary dance festival returns Oct. 28-29. Details at