In the autumn of 1990, during Operation Desert Storm, two young men, one a troubled Canadian soldier, the other a teenage Palestinian black-marketeer, meet in the scorched Qatari desert. Breaching the divide of a profound cultural misunderstanding and against a backdrop of massive global conflict, these two become unlikely and secret friends. This tenuous friendship is severed by the torture and murder of the 16-year-old Palestinian inside the Canadian base—an act to which the Canadian soldier was at least a witness and perhaps a willing participant.
Weaving poetic drama with myriad documentary sources, A Line in the Sand rips the benevolent mask off recent western peacekeeping operations and challenges Canada’s long treasured national mythology that it is a nation of quiet diplomats. It asks us to imagine how horrors like these could be perpetrated with our money, in our name and by people much like us.
Cast of 3 to 5 men.
Winner 2009 MECCA Awards
Winner 2010 MECCA Award
"Verdecchia and Youssef pull off the tricky task of crafting a complex interpersonal drama that is also a potent allegory."
- Toronto Star
Winner of 3 MECCA Awards (2009-2010)
Winner of the 1997 Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award
Guillermo Verdecchia is a writer of drama, fiction, and film; a director, dramaturge, actor, and translator whose work has been seen and heard on stages, screens, and radios across the country and around the globe. He is a recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Drama, a four-time winner of the Chalmers Canadian Play Award, a recipient of Dora and Jessie Awards, and sundry film festival awards for his film Crucero/Crossroads.
…Plays he’s written and cowritten include Jabber , A Line in the Sand , Adrift , two Ali & Ali plays, and Winners …
…plays he’s written and cowritten include Jabber , A Line in the Sand , Adrift , two Ali & Ali plays, and Winners …
…Ontario (February–March). Tickets available here. A Line in the Sand, co-written by Guillermo Verdecchia and Marcus …
…Salt Water Moon (directed by Ravi Jain), and A Line in the Sand by Guillermo Verdecchia and Marcus Youssef – both …