Doomed by Hope

Doomed by Hope : Essays on Arab Theatre

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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 more

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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 175.26 x 220.98 x 22.86mm | 521.63g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745333559
  • 9780745333557

About Eyad Houssami

Eyad Houssami makes and writes about theatre. He studied theatre at Yale University and currently lives in Beirut. He is the author of the play Mama more

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This unique volume assembled by playwright Houssami [is] welcome and necessary... Underlying the volume is a sense of the necessary. This is the power of theater giving voice to the voiceless, whether in the streets of Syria after the 1973 war, in US college theaters experiencing a solo performance about a Palestinian American living in Palestine for a year, or in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. ... remarkably topical and relevant... fascinating. Highly recommended. -- K.J. Wetmore, Jr., CHOICEshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Foreword: Hope Arising from Despair - Elias Khoury 1 Introduction Eyad Houssami 2 Refugees on the Syrian Stage: Soiree for the 5th of June Edward Ziter 3 Saadallah Wannous in Palestine: On and Offstage Performances and Pedagogies Rania Jawad 4 Performance through the Egyptian Revolution: Stories from Tahrir Dalia Basiouny 5 Three Egyptian Plays in the Wake of the January Revolution Samia Habib 6 Staging a Protest: Socio-Political Critique in Contemporary Yemeni Theatre Katherine Hennessey 7 The Legacy of Saadallah Wannous and Soiree for the 5th of June amidst the Arab Revolts Asaad Al-Saleh 8 Emerging Playwrights in Syria Meisoun Ali 9 Practicing Theatre and Playwriting in Damascus Abdullah Al Kafri 10 12 Angry Lebanese in Roumieh Prison Zeina Daccache 11 What has Slipped Away is So Far, and What is Yet to Come So Close Rabih Mroue 12 Shakespeare, Global Debris, and International Political Theatre Sulayman Al Bassam 13 The Things I am Afraid to Tell You: Performing Palestine in Diaspora Joseph Shahadi 14 Doomed by "Dialogue," Saved by Curiosity? Post-9/11 Arab Performances under American Eyes Margaret Litvin 15 Remembering Saadallah Wannous Jawad Al Asadi Contributor Biographiesshow more

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