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“The play deals with the problem of people being brought up from early childhood in a way that they learn to
suppress their true feelings, to deny their freedom as human beings, and to feel guilty that they feel such strong
love for another person. Freedom still frightens us. So the play is about this [idea].”

-Boston Globe

“Sinners is not simply an admonition against violent men but also a swan song for two individuals whose love is
unacceptable in their society. To address the elements of passion and romance in the text, Cox enlisted the
services of Ghalam and Shafinury. Music and dance allow the essence of the story to transcend the play's specific circumstances. Cox says the aspect of dance is "a celebration of these two people — without their constraints, or without the things that brutalize them — and their true passion, their true love. It's like a dream sequence," he
suggests. "It is the essence of who they are and the essence of what is possible for them. For all of us.”

“Playwright Joshua Sobol has created a remarkable character in Layla. Nearing death, she embraces her essential identity: an intellectual who defies a ruling regime that debases language and denies human rights; a lover in a society where one can be executed for loving; a woman who no longer has any patience for society’s patriarchal and misogynistic consciousness, and a human being who dared to create a private life in a totalitarian society."

- Arts Fuse

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