The War Zone is My Bed and Other Plays

Yasmine Beverly Rana


6 x 7.5 inches, 240pp. 15 halftones / color photographs. October 2011

ISBN : 9781906497705

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Yasmine Beverly Rana’s The War Zone Is My Bed and Other Plays follows journeys of spiritual destruction and redemption from the banks of the Mississippi River and the fallen levees of New Orleans to the conflict-ravaged streets of Sarajevo and Kabul. The characters in Rana’s politically charged and moving plays attempt to seek and sustain love in violent circumstances.


In the title play, The War Zone Is My Bed, a prostitute from Kabul and a journalist from Bosnia stumble through a maze of brutality to find solace within each other. In Blood Sky, a traumatic event is triggered by a mysterious, animalistic call. Also collected here are Returning, in which a photographer from Sarajevo is torn between his role as an artist and victim of war, and Paradise, where, as the Mississippi River rises, two lovers, who are also illegal immigrants, debate whether they should stay in New Orleans and risk their lives or flee—and thereby reveal their illegal status. This stunning collection presents the topical and intense plays of one of the most interesting new voices in American theatre. 

Born in New Orleans, playwright Yasmine Beverly Rana is also a creative arts therapist and educator, and has worked with refugees in Bosnia, the Republic of Georgia and Switzerland. Rana is recipient of the Paulette Goddard Fllowship from New York University and the Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Playwriting from the Sewanee Writers Conference at the University of the South.


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