Harabel Poster
HARABEL (A Sparrow over a Minefield) is a one-woman show written and performed by Jonida Beqo (Gypsee Yo) and directed by Justin Anderson. The play was showcased first at the Herran Theatre on January 21-22, 2013 and had its world premiere as part of Theatrical Outfit’s season 2013-1014. (http://www.theatricaloutfit.org/shows/harabel1).
Told through a series of theatrical “snapshots”, this riveting one-woman narrative thrills and inspires as recounted by one of Atlanta’s most electrifying performance poets.Each story written in the style of performance poetry captures memories of youth in her native country, the violent exit, first impressions of America, and the transitions from girl to woman, and from stranger to American. The play explores the conflicting nature of these transitions, the emotional landscape of coming of age in the process, and the price of reinventing oneself away from everything familiar and dear.
As an emigrant Beqo worked as a seamstress while studying to become a costume designer. In Harabel, the real elements of the sewing machine, the manikins, and the sewing tools are used as the metaphors that cut and patch together the story. They are “the other characters” in this ever shifting landscape.  The play weaves the multicolored threads of this girl’s journey from the war-torn Balkans of the late 1990s to the rural and urban South of today into a breathtaking tapestry of courage, hope, faith and love.
 The show runs about 1:35min and is available for booking year around. For more info contact through this site.
Harabel Introduction
Childhood in Albania
Becoming American
Snapshot: Machinegun Serenade
Jonida on Harabel

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Photography by BreeAnne Clowdus


Atlanta Journal Constitution Theater Review: Harabel – A Soaring Tapestry of Poetry and Performance


“As directed by Anderson, Beqo is spellbinding; her energy never flags throughout the 100-minute, intermissionless performance. It’s remarkable the way she reverts to broken English when portraying her younger self, newly arrived on American shores, and the way she dispatches advice to her young daughter, so full of questions. In the end, hearing “Harabel” is like discovering a stash of poems by an unknown genius. She is both a blazing performer, and writer with an uncommonly fine ear for language. If there is justice in the world, “Harabel” will soar from obscurity and find a broader public. For Beqo is an artist of the first order. A very rare bird, indeed.”  – Wendell Brock, AJC

Atlanta InTown Paper – Theatre Review: ‘Harabel’ at Theatrical Outfit

“You must see Jonida Beqo. She’s one of a kind, and “Harabel” is a transformative experience.”

Manning Harris, Atlanta Intown Paper

Harabel was amazing! Truly beautiful, rich, poignant. A tour de force.”

Jasmine Guy, actor-director-dancer (Different World, Dead Like Me)

Compelling… a deeply felt and intelligently created piece” – Jan Akers, Artistic Director Theater Emory

Creative Loafing Atlanta: A Few Words With Gypsee Yo

Atlanta InTown Magazine: Gypsee Yo talks about her one woman show, Harabel

Encore Atlanta: Snapshot Gypsee Yo

Broadway World: Theatrical Outfit Announces 2013-14 Season: THE GUYS, HARABEL, GIFTS OF THE MAGI & More!


2 responses »

  1. What a tremendous talent. I saw Gypsee Yo at a Poetry Slam during a recent LEAF FESTIVAL. She is astonishing. And, she is one who knows where her gift comes from. May Elohim continue to bless and magnify her abilities.

  2. This is a show that should be seen over and over again to try to even scratch the surface of Ms. Beqo’s experience and the profound message that she so emphatically communicates through this incredible presentation. It was shown again at Theatre Emory, but we missed the chance to see it again. I hope that it will be presented again so that as many people as possible will have the experience of witnessing it.

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