World Premiere

Homes: A Refugee Story

February 21 to March 5, 2023
Opening Night February 24
Auburn Stage

Written by Winnie Yeung and Haysam Kadri
Adapted from the book by Abu Bakr Al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung

Running Time: 80 minutes (no intermission)

Homes: A Refugee Story

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"We just have to keep living."

The Story

What is it like to live through a civil war?

Based on the award-winning novel by the same name, Homes: A Refugee Story tells the remarkable true story of the Al Rabeeah family and their harrowing journey in finding a safe place to call home. From Iraq, to Syria, to Canada, in this heart-wrenching solo performance, audiences will join the young Abu Bakr Al Rabeeah as he recounts his years in Syria and the juxtapositions of growing up in a war zone: horrific, unimaginable events punctuated by soccer, cousins, video games, and the love of friends and family.


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Enhance Your Experience


On Wednesday evenings, immediately after the performance, join us for a brief guided discussion with guest artists, creative team members, and Grand staff members.

  • Wednesday, February 22, 2023
  • Wednesday, March 1, 2023

From the Stage Door

“When I first read this novel, I was mesmerized. I was uplifted by this young boy’s resilience, horrified at the violence he navigated, and deeply grateful for his honesty and reflection. I can’t stop thinking about this powerful story, and believe that you too will feel the same after experiencing this illuminating world premiere.” – Dennis Garnhum, Grand Theatre Artistic Director



The Cast

Nabil Traboulsi
Nabil Traboulsi
Abu Bakr
For the Grand Theatre: Debut.
Theatre Credits (Selected): Martyr (ARC); Entre Deux Mondes (Théâtre La Tangente); Gloria (ARC, Crow’s Theatre); A Tonic For Desperate Times (Theatre Gargantua); Towards Rebirth (Shakespeare in the Ruff); Oil (ARC); La Seconde Surprise de l’Amour, Le Menteur, Les Zinspirés 6 (Théâtre Français de Toronto).
Film and TV Credits: Borje (Viaplay); Accused (Fox); The Boys (Amazon); Titans (Netflix).
Other: 2 Dora awards and 2 nominations across the performance, writing and music composition categories.

Production Team

Haysam Kadri
Haysam Kadri
Alex Rizkallah
Alex Rizkallah
Assistant Director
For the Grand Theatre: Debut.
Theatre Credits: Upcoming Directing Credit: Sticky Fingers: A Musical (OKTC, world premier). Directing credits: Hopscotch (Festival Of Original Theatre); Boundaries (London Fringe Festival); Bring it On: The Musical (Theatre Western); Hopscotch, Boundaries (Mississauga Multi-Lingual Fringe Festival); A Little Big Thing (Black Swan Production Company). Directing Internship: Love’s Labour’s Lost (The Stratford Festival, Dir. Peter Pasyk).
Other: Western University. Stratford Festival Post-Secondary Intensive. Instagram: @alexandra.riz_
Corwin Ferguson
Corwin Ferguson
Projection/Set Designer
For the Grand Theatre: Debut.
Theatre Credits (Selected): Brigadoon (Shaw Festival); Sweat, Steel City Gangster (Theatre Aquarius); Nobody’s Children, Hansel & Gretel, Robin Hood (Yellow Door Theatre Project); Driving Miss Daisy, Miracle on 34th St, Enemy of the People, Wizard of Oz, The Great Gatsby, 1984 (Saint John Theatre Company); Rinaldo (Pacific Opera Victoria); Julius Caesar, Richard III (The Shakespeare Company); Playing with Fire, Buyer & Cellar, You Will Remember Me (Alberta Theater Projects).
Film and TV Credits: N/A
Other: Graduate of the BPA Program at Capilano University, Studio 58 Acting Graduate, Okanagan University College Animation Certificate.
Lisa Wright
Lisa Wright
Costume Designer
Suzanne McArthur
Suzanne McArthur
Stage Manager
Caitlin Mears
Caitlin Mears
Apprentice Stage Manager
For the Grand Theatre: Homes: A Refugee Story, Home for the Holidays.
Theatre Credits (Selected): Chicago, The Miser, Three Tall Women (Stratford Festival); The Tender Land (University of Toronto Opera); Angel, The Resurrection, Don Giovanni (Opera Atelier); Cinderella: The Panto (Capitol Theatre); August: Osage County (Soulpepper); rochdale (SummerWorks); Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (a Company of Fools).
Other: Graduate of the BFA Theatre Production Program at York University. Caitlin would like to thank her friends, family, and mentors for their help and support over the years.
Winnie Yeung
Winnie Yeung
Abu Bakr's story has been a wellspring of many literary firsts for Winnie! Although she has been an English teacher for over fifteen years, Homes: A Refugee Story is Winnie's first book, play, and graphic novel. The book has been inducted into the Library of Parliament in Ottawa and received extensive critical acclaim. It was shortlisted for both the Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction and the Writers’ Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing. Homes was also a finalist on CBC’s Canada Reads 2019.

Homes was awarded the Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction and named the Alberta Book Publisher 2019 Non-Fiction Book of the Year. Winnie was also awarded the University of Alberta Alumni Award of Excellence for her contribution to the literary community in 2019.

When she is not teaching, writing, or reading, Winnie likes to spend her days cooking, baking, and hiking with her black pug, Zoe. Edmonton, Canada is her permanent home, but her writing retreat/tiny home (named, The Mini Winnie, of course) is on Vancouver Island.