There are a handful of theatres around the US that focus on Arab and “Arab-themed” drama — Chicago’s Silk Road Rising, NYC’s Noor Theatre, and San Francisco’s Golden Thread Productions. Most stage works written in English, although Golden Thread’s “ReOrient” competition is unusual in that it’s open to playwrights worldwide.
Gaza-based Theatre for Everybody and London-based Az Theatre are co-creating and co-producing “War and Peace in Gaza and London,” set for a Rich Mix debut at 4 p.m. on September 14.
Al-Mustafa Najjar recently attended a showing of “The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes,” based on a short story by Hassan Blasim.
Raphael Cormack was at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre on May 21 for a performance of “Day One” by Sara Shaarawi and Maryam Hamidi, directed by Nicola McCartney, a show that he says is like an Egyptian “Everyday Sexism.”
Playwright Lucien Bourjeily (@lucienbourjeily), nominated to win a 2014 Index Freedom of Expression Award for his censored play “Is It Permitted or Not,” has just stated that, following the banning of his play, which “criticizes the General Security censorship bureau, today the General Security banned me in 2014 from traveling and perform another play in London next month…”
This talk, by Egyptian writer and theatre artist Dalia Basiouny, is sure to be interesting.
Hassan Blasim’s “The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes,” like a number of Blasim’s short stories, has strong dramatic elements. Previously turned into an audio story for Spoken Ink, “The Nightmares,” trans. Jonathan Wright, has now inspired a play by Rashid Razaq.
Nearly 500 people made it to the original showings of Taxi, an “installation theatre” adaptation of Khaled al-Khamissi’s novel. Now the show — with new scenes and some new actors — is set to be staged in a new space, the GrEEK CAMPUS.
On March 11 of next year — at 9 a.m. in Iowa and 5 p.m. in Baghdad — six new works will be performed as part of “Book Wings Iraq,” a three-year-old program sponsored by the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP) that’s previously commissioned work from Russia, China, and the U.S.
Brian Farish, Rewan El-Ghaba, and Kevin Dean, and Yasmin Galal are the core of The Thousand Tongues, a new Cairo-based theatre company that will be staging a theatrical version of Khaled al-Khamissi’s ‘Taxi’ starting this January. The production, which will run alternately in Arabic and English, will open at a new performance space, VENT, on January 22. ArabLit messaged with Founding Artistic Director Brian Farish and Literary Director Kevin Dean about the project.
Palestinian-Lebanese playwright Kassem Istanbouli — founder of Istanbouli Theatre — recently wrapped up a multi-city European tour at Holland’s Dancing on the Edge Intercultural Festival, discussions of contemporary Arab theatre, and a masterclass at the Amsterdam University. One of the most fascinating aspects… Read More ›
Late last month, Iraqi director Mokhallad Rasem became the first from the Middle East to win the ‘Young Directors Project,’ an annual competition as part of the Salzburg Festival in Austria.