Sona Tatoyan is a first-generation Syrian-Armenian-American actor/writer/producer with bases in Los Angeles, Berlin, Syria, and Armenia. Bridging cultures and having experienced numerous wars, her wisdom runs deep and her stories are captivating. In 2019 she traveled to her family’s home in Syria which had been abandoned following the 2011 Syrian civil war. There she discovered her great-great grandfather’s shadow puppets in a trunk in the attic while missiles continued to shoot overhead. The shadow puppets spoke to her, inspiring healing, reflection, and progression. Intending to share what transpired during her recent visit to Syria, Sona has written an Immersive Multimedia Theatrical Experience, titled Azad (“free” in Armenian). It’s a personal tale of “one woman’s magical, multi-generational, healing journey from the Armenian Genocide to the Syrian war.” In this episode, you’ll learn about the legendary 1001 Nights, Sona’s journey to healing herself, and how darkness & light dance together. If in Los Angeles, make sure to check out Azad, showing at the Pico Playhouse on April 21-23, 2022. Use promo code WEDEEPEN and get tickets at wedeepen.com.