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Doomed by hope : essays on Arab theatre / edited by Eyad Houssami, Masrah Ensemble ; foreword by Elias Khoury
London : Pluto Press ; New York, NY : Distributed in the US by Palgrave Macmillan, Division of St. Martin's Press, 2012
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 4th Floor  PN2960.A67 D66 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Theater -- Arab countries
Arabic drama -- History and criticism
Physical Description xvi, 189 p., [16] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 22 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references
Contents Introduction / Eyad Houssami -- Refugees on the Syrian Stage: Soiree for the 5th of June / Edward Ziter -- Saadallah Wannous in Palestine: on and offstage performances and pedagogies / Rania Jawad -- Performance through the Egyptian revolution: stories from Tahrir / Dalia Basiouny -- Three Egyptian plays in the wake of the January revolution / Samia Habib -- Staging a protest: socio-political critique in contemporary Yemeni Theatre / Katherine Hennessey -- The legacy of Saadallah Wannous and Soire fro the 5th of June amidst the Arab revolts / Asaad Al-Saleh -- Emerging playwrights in Syria / Meisoun Ali -- Practicing theatre and playwriting in Damascus / Abdullah Al Kafri -- 12 angry Lebanese in Roumieh prison / Zeina Daccache -- What has slipped away is so far, and what is yet to come so close / Rabih Mroue -- Shakespeare, global debris, and international political theatre / Sulayman Al Bassam -- The things I am afraid to tell you: performing Palestine in diaspora / Joseph Shahadi -- Doomed by "dialogue," saved by curiosity? Post-9/11 Arab performances under American eyes / Margaret Litvin -- Remembering Saadallah Wannous / Jawad Al Asadi
Summary Doomed by Hope is a beautifully presented collection of essays by writers and artists which traces the history of contemporary Arab theatre and its relationship to social change. With contributors from Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Kuwait and Yemen, this book includes both academic discussions and personal narratives, alongside a number of specially commissioned portraits of contemporary Arab theatre artists. The essays revolve around the legacy of the late Syrian dramatist Saadallah Wannous, whose monumental plays incited audiences to rise up against tyranny decades ago. This unique book is one of the first English language volumes on Arab theatre. In a highly topical manner following the Arab Spring, it explores cultural practices - from reading plays in a classroom to performing in a security state and directing in theatres, prisons, and international festivals - in times of revolt
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Alternate Author Houssami, Eyad, editor
Khūrī, Ilyās

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