A short documentary video about our production
Blanket of Fear
Charged with aiding and abetting a foreign terrorist organization, an incarcerated grade school teacher, her immigrant mother-in-law, and her public defender must search for answers in their past to avert a foreboding future.
First performed in 2004 by The Tribes Project Alumni Ensemble, as a direct response to the culture of fear fueled by events following September 11th, Blanket of Fear explores and questions the stories of three women profoundly impacted by America’s so-called “War on Terror.”
The story follows a Caucasian woman arrested at the airport with her mixed-race (Persian and African American) husband, both held by the Federal Government and suspected of a terrorist conspiracy. The incarceration ensnares the woman, her Iranian mother-in-law, and her Afro-Cuban American public defense attorney into a triangle of personal, cultural, and national identity crises.
Over the past 20 years, Tribes Project has explored themes of race and global affairs through the performing arts, bringing together performers from diverse backgrounds into a unique creative process.
Each cast member in Blanket of Fear’s all-woman ensemble were brought into a collaboration that wove their individual perspectives—Iranian American, Afro-Cuban American, and European American—into a dramatic web of political and personal intrigue. As a result, Blanket of Fear is classic Tribes Project: a character-driven narrative anchored by dynamic movement, visuals, and music.
This production is a diverse group of women’s reactions to the casualties of fear. Blanket of Fear offers an honest and powerful statement by refusing to over-simplify our complicated world. Without offering clear solutions—or even the complete details of the arrest—the audience is left with the questions the characters must face: what is truth and justice within the cloaked world of counterterrorism?