December 5 - 19, 2021 in Goodman's Owen Theatre

Around 2 hours with one intermission

In 2003, newly wed Layal imagines a future with her family as they make plans to immigrate to the U.S. from Baghdad. 17 years later, just outside of Chicago, Layal’s life and responsibilities look unimaginably different from what she had envisioned two decades before. Martin Yousif Zebari’s surprising new play examines how families maintain their love in the midst of turbulent global and social change.

Layalina was originally developed as part of the Goodman's Future Labs program—a series of workshops and presentations written and led by artists of color. Learn more at

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  • Layalina contains adult language, drug use and mild sexual content. For more information contact the box office at 312.443.3800

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  • Martin Yousif Zebari

    Martin Yousif Zebari Playwright

  • Sivan Battat

    Sivan Battat Director

  • Owais Ahmed

    Owais Ahmed Farid Voiceover

  • Salar Ardebili

    Salar Ardebili Young Mazin/Yousif

  • Leyla Beydoun

    Leyla Beydoun Samira Voiceover

  • Arash N. Fakhrabadi

    Arash N. Fakhrabadi Sahir/Amin

  • Gloria Imseih Petrelli

    Gloria Imseih Petrelli Young Layal/Marwa

  • Louis Sallan

    Louis Sallan Yasir/Mazin

  • Shadee Vossoughi

    Shadee Vossoughi Karima/Layal

  • Courtney O'Neill

    Courtney O'Neill Set Designer

  • Uriel Gómez

    Uriel Gómez Costume Designer

  • Heather Gilbert

    Heather Gilbert Lighting Designer

  • Ronnie Malley

    Ronnie Malley Sound Designer

  • Eric Backus

    Eric Backus Co-Sound Designer

  • Jaci Entwisle

    Jaci Entwisle Production Stage Manager

  • Rachael Jimenez

    Rachael Jimenez Casting

  • Yasmin Zacaria Mikhaiel

    Yasmin Zacaria Mikhaiel Dramaturg

  • Gaby Labotka

    Gaby Labotka Intimacy

  • Laura Pierson

    Laura Pierson Production Assistant