I HEART MAROC

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I HEART MAROC

I MAROC
Written and Performed by Azo Safo
Developed with and Directed by Jessica Lynn Johnson

In the World Premiere I Heart Maroc Azo Safo introduces us to the lives of rural Moroccans who she worked with as a twenty-four-year-old Peace Corps volunteer during the height of the Bush Administration’s war on Iraq. On the quest to find her life’s purpose with the wide-eyed, innocent hope of changing the world, she is thrust into a culture she has to figure out using her Armenian-American immigrant sensibilities. Beginning with learning the Berber language that she is told she is too “Kesoula” to learn she must navigate anti-American sentiment and win over ALL the villagers while nurturing a budding romance with her Moroccan true love, Mohammed. Will she get through her two-year service in one piece, or will she obey her Armenian immigrant mother’s wishes and move back to Glendale to marry an Armenian dentist?

Dates:
Fri, Aug 06, 2021: 7:30 pm
Sun, Aug 15, 2021: 3:00 pm
Sun, Aug 22, 2021: 10:30 pm

Where:
The performances will be a hybrid with both in person audiences (following LA County and CDC Covid protocols) and Livestream which can be viewed from anywhere in the world.

Broadwater Theatre Black Box
6320 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038
Tickets go on sale 7/16: https://www.hollywoodfringe.org/users/67319?tab=shows

Reviews

This show is too short.  At roughly forty five minutes I seriously believe it could and should be expanded to twice that.  One can feel the material off stage as it were, eager to jump into the follow spot and shine.  I am left with an aching sense of what else I don't know about my friend, and about this interesting young lady I only thought I knew.  She lived there for two years--and I'm certain lots more stories, lots more moments to touch the heart and stir the imagination, remain to be told.  Hopefully she'll get around to telling some more.

sweet - David MacDowell Blue, Night Tinted Glasses - ...read full review


The Hollywood Fringe Festival is back and I've seen one of the first shows!

I Heart Maroc is a one person show written and starring Azo Safo, I have personally known Azo for a few years and was frankly astonished at how much I learned about her in this piece. Never had a clue she spent two years in the Peace Corps, living in a small Morrocan village. But more than those bare facts, interesting they may be (and are), what I really got out of her show was how this experience shaped and taught her.

Solo shows remain popular at the Fringe for often purely logistical reasons, and generally they fall into two groupings. One is a naked exposure of some kind of trauma or pain. The other shares wonder and joy learned, a delight kindled amid life lessons. Sometimes the two blend. I'd clearly say this one falls into the second category, helped in raw showmanship by Safo's marvelous characterizations and humor. We can see her acting out how the people she knew (and recreates) impacted her enough to become who she has become today. Honestly, I felt not only touched, but honored. Which brings me to the one specific fault I can find.

This show is too short. At roughly forty five minutes I seriously believe it could and should be expanded to twice that. One can feel the material off stage as it were, eager to jump into the follow spot and shine. I am left with an aching sense of what else I don't know about my friend, and about this interesting young lady I only thought I knew. She lived there for two years--and I'm certain lots more stories, lots more moments to touch the heart and stir the imagination, remain to be told. Hopefully she'll get around to telling some more.

sweet - David MacDowell Blue - Night Tinted Glasses - ...read full review


This show is too short.  At roughly forty five minutes I seriously believe it could and should be expanded to twice that.  One can feel the material off stage as it were, eager to jump into the follow spot and shine.  I am left with an aching sense of what else I don't know about my friend, and about this interesting young lady I only thought I knew.  She lived there for two years--and I'm certain lots more stories, lots more moments to touch the heart and stir the imagination, remain to be told.  Hopefully she'll get around to telling some more.

sweet - David MacDowell Blue, Night Tinted Glasses - ...read full review


The Hollywood Fringe Festival is back and I've seen one of the first shows!

I Heart Maroc is a one person show written and starring Azo Safo, I have personally known Azo for a few years and was frankly astonished at how much I learned about her in this piece. Never had a clue she spent two years in the Peace Corps, living in a small Morrocan village. But more than those bare facts, interesting they may be (and are), what I really got out of her show was how this experience shaped and taught her.

Solo shows remain popular at the Fringe for often purely logistical reasons, and generally they fall into two groupings. One is a naked exposure of some kind of trauma or pain. The other shares wonder and joy learned, a delight kindled amid life lessons. Sometimes the two blend. I'd clearly say this one falls into the second category, helped in raw showmanship by Safo's marvelous characterizations and humor. We can see her acting out how the people she knew (and recreates) impacted her enough to become who she has become today. Honestly, I felt not only touched, but honored. Which brings me to the one specific fault I can find.

This show is too short. At roughly forty five minutes I seriously believe it could and should be expanded to twice that. One can feel the material off stage as it were, eager to jump into the follow spot and shine. I am left with an aching sense of what else I don't know about my friend, and about this interesting young lady I only thought I knew. She lived there for two years--and I'm certain lots more stories, lots more moments to touch the heart and stir the imagination, remain to be told. Hopefully she'll get around to telling some more.

sweet - David MacDowell Blue - Night Tinted Glasses - ...read full review