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The 2015 Egyptian National Theatre Festival

The 2015 Egyptian National Theatre Festival
By Dalia Basiouny
Arab StagesVolume 2, Number 1 (Fall 2015)
©2015 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

The Egyptian National Theatre Festival started its eighth iteration with a full fare of …

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Tayeb Saddiki and the Re-invention of Tradition in Contemporary Moroccan Theatre: An Obituary

Tayeb Saddiki and the Re-invention of Tradition
in Contemporary Moroccan Theatre
An Obituary by Khalid Amine & Marvin Carlson
Arab Stages, Volume 2, Number 2 (Spring 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

Tayeb Saddiki (1938- 2016) was …

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The 2016 Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre

The 2016 Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre
A Theatre Review by Karen Malpede
Arab Stages, Volume 5, Number 1 (Fall, 2016)
2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center PublicationIn Egypt, as in most of the rest of 
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Editors Note: Nehad Selaiha

Editors Note: Nehad Selaiha 
By Marvin Carlson
Arab Stages, Volume 6, Nehad Selaiha Memorial Issue (Spring, 2017)
©2017 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

On January 6, 2017, the Arab theatre world lost one of its best-known, beloved, …

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Damascus Theater Laboratory

Damascus Theatre Lab
Damascus Theater Laboratory
By Waseem Al Sharqy
Translated by Meriem Harbi
Arab StagesVolume 2, Number 1 (Fall 2015)
©2015 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

A Long Theater’s Journey Into Night

“There will come a time when …

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The Local Otherness: Theatre Houses in the United Arab Emirates

The Local Otherness: Theatre Houses in the
United Arab Emirates 
By Ziad Adwan
Arab Stages, Volume 2, Number 2 (Spring 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

Abstract

This article examines the function of theatre houses in the …

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A Crime on Restaurant Street

A Crime on Restaurant Street
A Play by Wajdi Al-Ahdal
Translated from the Arabic by Katherine Hennessey
Arab StagesVolume 5, Number 1 (Fall 2016) 
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

Introduction to A Crime on Restaurant 
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A Place Under the Sun: To Be or Not to Be? The Question of the “Fringe” (1990)

A Place Under the Sun To Be or Not to Be? The Question of the “Fringe” (1990)
By Nehad Selaiha
Arab Stages, Volume 6, Nehad Selaiha Memorial Issue (Spring, 2017)
©2017 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

Last …

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The Birth of Modern Iraqi Theatre: Church Drama in Mosul in the Late Nineteenth Century

The Birth of Modern Iraqi Theatre: 
Church Drama in Mosul in the Late Nineteenth Century
By Amir Al-Azraki and James Al-Shamma
Arab StagesVolume 2, Number 1 (Fall 2015)
©2015 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

Western-style theatre …

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Yussef El Guindi’s Arab Spring: Revolutions, Upheavals, and Critical Critiques

Yussef El Guindi’s Arab Spring: Revolutions,
Upheavals, and Critical Critiques 
By Michael Malek Najjar 
Arab StagesVolume 2, Number 2 (Spring 2016) 
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

Egyptian-American playwright Yussef El Guindi is arguably the most …

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Mohammad al-Attar’s While I was Waiting at Avignon

Mohammad al-Attar's While I was Waiting at Avignon
A Theatre Review by Philippa Wehle
Arab StagesVolume 5, Number 1 (Fall 2016) 
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

Mohammad al-Attar is among the best known young Syrian …

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Women Playwrights in Egypt (1993)

Women Playwrights in Egypt (1993)
By Nehad Selaiha
Arab Stages, Volume 6, Nehad Selaiha Memorial Issue (Spring, 2017)
©2017 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

The list of women playwrights in Egypt is depressingly short. When you have …

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Parsing Disgraced : An Assault, A Critique, and A Truce

Parsing Disgraced: An Assault, A Critique, and A Truce 
By Jamil Khoury 
Arab Stages, Volume 2, Number 2 (Spring 2016) 
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

The staff at Silk Road Rising crafted a set of questions …

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Theatre as an Optimistic Political Act: Lebanese Theatre Artist Sahar Assaf

Theatre as an Optimistic Political Act:
Lebanese Theatre Artist Sahar Assaf
By Michael Malek Najjar
Arab StagesVolume 2, Number 1 (Fall 2015)
©2015 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

Lebanese actress, director, and theatre professor Sahar Assaf …

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On Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced

On Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced 
By Torange Yeghiazarian 
Arab Stages, Volume 2, Number 2 (Spring 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

“I can’t help but feel conflicted when I hear Muslim audience members outraged at the way they …

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Development of Diegetic Practices in Iranian Indigenous Performances: A Historical View

Development of Diegetic Practices in Iranian Indigenous Performances: a Historical View
By Mohammad J. Yousefian Kenari and Parastoo Mohebbi
Arab Stages, Volume 5, Number 1 (Fall, 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

Performance Traditions and Narrative

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Bubbles and Balloons: The Amman Theatre Festival (1995)

Bubbles and Balloons: The Amman Theatre Festival (1995) 
By Nehad Selaiha
Arab Stages, Volume 6, Nehad Selaiha Memorial Issue (Spring, 2017)
©2017 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

The real drama in this festival, which lasted from March …

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A Feminist Tuberculosis Melodrama: Melek By Theatre Painted Bird

A Feminist Tuberculosis Melodrama:
Melek By Theatre Painted Bird
By Emre Erdem
Arab Stages, Volume 2, Number 1 (Fall 2015)
©2015 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

Founded in 2000 by Jale Karabekir and Zeynep Kaçar, Tiyatro Boyalı

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Abū-l-ʿIlā al-Salāmūnī: the Rewriting of History in Egyptian Theatre

Abū-l-ʿIlā al-Salāmūnī: the Rewriting of History in Egyptian Theatre
An Essay by Tiran Manucharyan
Arab Stages, Volume 5, Number 1 (Fall, 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication 

 

The plays Riwāyat al-Nadīm ʿan hoogit al-zaʿīm (1974), …

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Great Art and Brave Hearts (1997)

Great Art and Brave Hearts
By Nehad Selaiha
Arab Stages, Volume 6, Nehad Selaiha Memorial Issue (Spring, 2017)
©2017 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

Out of Joint plays Caryl Churchill’s Heart’s Desire and Blue Kettle at the …

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The Arab Theatre Festival (7th Session)

The Arab Theatre Festival (7th Session) by Jaouad Radouani
 Arab StagesVolume 1, Number 2 (Spring 2015)
 ©2015 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

The Arab Theatre Festival is an annual event organized in a different Arab country …

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Much Ado About “Theatre and Censorship Conference”

Much Ado About “Theatre and Censorship Conference”
By Dalia Basiouny
Arab StagesVolume 2, Number 1 (Fall 2015)
©2015 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

The churnings of the second decade of the 21st century resulted in social …

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Body Politics in Adham Hafez Company’s 2065 BC

Body Politics in Adham Hafez Company’s 2065 BC
By Chloë Edmonson
Arab Stages, Volume 2, Number 2 (Spring 2016) 
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

New York Live Arts hosts the Live Ideas Festival each Spring under a …

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The Interwoven History of Moroccan Theatre

The Interwoven History of Moroccan Theatre
An Essay by Jaouad Radouani
Arab Stages, Volume 5, Number 1 (Fall 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

 

The interwoven history of Moroccan theatre is difficult to trace. Yet, thanks …

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Home-Made Theatre (1998)

Home-Made Theatre (1998)
By Nehad Selaiha
Arab Stages, Volume 6, Nehad Selaiha Memorial Issue (Spring, 2017)
©2017 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

To get to the Women and Memory Research Center through the Muhandiseen maze of small …

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Mass Media Muslims: A Three Lens Theory of Representation

Mass Media Muslims: 
A Three Lens Theory of Representation
By Jamil Khoury
Arab StagesVolume 2, Number 1 (Fall 2015)
©2015 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

I think a lot about the representation of Muslims, particularly the …

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A Counterpoint Reading of the Moussem Cities@Tunis Festival

A Counterpoint Reading of the
Moussem Cities@Tunis Festival
By Joachim Ben Yakoub & Fida Hammami 
Arab Stages, Volume 2, Number 2 (Spring 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

The censorship and strict regulation of the public sphere …

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Tangier International Conference for 2016: The Narrative Turn in Contemporary Theatre

Tangier International Conference for 2016
“The Narrative Turn in Contemporary Theatre”
By Marvin Carlson
Arab Stages, Volume 5, Number 1 (Fall, 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

 

The 12th annual international conference organized in …

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Two Plays by Timberlake Wertenbaker: The Love of the Nightingale at the Women and Memory Forum and Our Country’s Good at the AUC (1998)

Two Plays by Timberlake Wertenbaker: The Love of the Nightingale at the Women and Memory Forum 
and Our Country's Good at the AUC *(1998)
By Nehad Selaiha
Arab Stages, Volume 6, Nehad Selaiha Memorial Issue (Spring, 2017)
©2017 by 
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Issam Mahfouz’s The Dictator presented in New York

Issam Mahfouz’s The Dictator presented in New York
Marvin Carlson
Arab StagesVolume 2, Number 1 (Fall 2015)
©2015 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

The Dictator, written in 1969 by Lebanese playwright Issam Mahfouz, has been …

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The Last Supper by Ahmed El Attar

The Last Supper by Ahmed El Attar
By Marvin Carlson and Philippa Wehle
Arab Stages, Volume 2, Number 2 (Spring 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

Despite the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and the coming …

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Heather Raffo on Noura

Heather Raffo on Noura
A Theatre Review by Heather Denyer
Arab Stages, Volume 5, Number 1 (Fall, 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

In May of 2016, playwright Heather Raffo spoke with me about her collaboration …

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For Future Reference: Art and Politics (1999)

For Future Reference: Art and Politics (1999)
By Nehad Selaiha
Arab Stages, Volume 6, Nehad Selaiha Memorial Issue (Spring, 2017)
©2017 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

In the Arab world, where repressive authoritarianism, in varying degrees of …

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An 1868 Egyptian Helen of Troy play published

An 1868 Egyptian Helen of Troy play published
Marvin Carlson
Arab StagesVolume 2, Number 1 (Fall 2015)
©2015 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

The current (October 10 issue of Al-Hayat announces that the first theatrical text …

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Arab Angst on Swedish Stages

Arab Angst on Swedish Stages
I Came to See You by Karim Rashed,
Directed by Robert Jelinek and Petra Brylander 
A Theatre Review by Margaret Litvin
Arab Stages, Volume 2, Number 2 (Spring 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre 
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A Woman’s Rule: Review of The Harlem Classical Theatre’s production of Fit for a Queen

A Woman’s Rule: Review of The Harlem Classical Theatre’s production of Fit for a Queen
A Theatre Review by Juan R. Recondo
Arab Stages, Volume 5, Number 1 (Fall, 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

The …

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A Hair-‘razing’ Adventure: The Head of Mameluke Jaber (2000)

A Hair-'razing' Adventure: The Head of Mameluke Jaber (2000)
By Nehad Selaiha
Arab Stages, Volume 6, Nehad Selaiha Memorial Issue (Spring, 2017)
©2017 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

Whoever said that we generally think in metaphors, which …

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Nahda: Five Visions of an Arab Awakening

Nahda: Five Visions of an Arab Awakening
Arab StagesVolume 2, Number 1 (Fall 2015)
©2015 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

On the evening of October 12, 2015, the Noor Highlight Reading Series presented a public reading …

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Two Egyptian Playwrights in Boston: Hany Abdel Naser’s They Say Dancing is a Sin and Yasmeen Emam’s The Mirror

Two Egyptian Playwrights in Boston:
Hany Abdel Naser’s They Say Dancing is a Sin 
and Yasmeen Emam’s The Mirror
A Theatre Review by Sarah Moawad
Arab Stages, Volume 2, Number 2 (Spring 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center 
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The Third Identity: An Interview with Tareq Abu Kwaik

The Third Identity: An Interview with Tareq Abu Kwaik
An Interview by George Potter
Arab Stages, Volume 5, Number 1 (Fall, 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

 

Before touring internationally with the band 47 Soul

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Manifold Oedipus: Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex at the National (2001)

Manifold Oedipus: Sophocles' Oedipus Rex at the National (2001)
By Nehad Selaiha
Arab Stages, Volume 6, Nehad Selaiha Memorial Issue (Spring, 2017)
©2017 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

The earliest record of a production of Sophocles’s Oedipus

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Muslim Rap, Halal Soaps, and Revolutionary Theatre

Muslim Rap, Halal Soaps, and Revolutionary Theatre
Ed. by Karin van Nieuwkerk
A Book Review By Marvin Carlson
Austin: University of Texas Press, 2012. 
Pp. vi + 291, ISBN 978-0-292-74768-5. (Pbk $16.75).
Arab StagesVolume 2, Number 1 (Fall 
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Chasing the Gaze of the Killer: Rabih Mroué’s The Pixelated Revolution

Chasing the Gaze of the Killer: Rabih Mroué’s The Pixelated Revolution
An Essay by Mara Valderrama
Arab Stages, Volume 5, Number 1 (Fall 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

 

When a wave of popular uprisings known …

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Royal Buffoonery: King Lear at the National (2002)

Royal Buffoonery: King Lear at the National (2002)
By Nehad Selaiha
Arab Stages, Volume 6, Nehad Selaiha Memorial Issue (Spring, 2017)
©2017 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

Any production of a revered classic, particularly in a cultural …

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Arab American Drama, Film and Performance: A Critical Study, 1908 to the Present

Arab American Drama,Film and Performance:
A Critical Study, 1908 to the Present
By Michael Malek Najjar 
A Book Review By George Potter
Jefferson: McFarland, 2015
Arab StagesVolume 2, Number 1 (Fall 2015) 
©2015 by Martin E. Segal Theatre 
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On Michael Najjar’s Direction of Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad

On Michael Najjar’s Direction of 
Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad
A Theatre Review by Torange Yeghiazarian
Arab Stages, Volume 2, Number 2 (Spring 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

 Civil war is complicated. It is by definition the …

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World Premiere of Arabic Drama at Cornell

World Premiere of Arabic Drama at Cornell
A Theatre Review by Marvin Carlson
Arab Stages, Volume 5, Number 1 (Fall, 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

The Cornell University Department of Performing and Media Arts presented …

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قطوف من حدائقها

قطوف من حدائقها
By Sana' Selaiha
Arab Stages, Volume 6, Nehad Selaiha Memorial Issue (Spring, 2017) 
©2017 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

قطوف من حدائقها
كتب: سناء صليحة

عقب انتهاء أول ندوة جلست فيها على المنصة لمناقشة …

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Inside/Outside: Six Plays from Palestine and the Diaspora

Theatre Communications Group's Inside/Outside:
Six Plays from Palestine and the Diaspora
Two Book Reviews by Michael Malek Najjar and Hala Nassar
Inside/Outside: Six Plays from Palestine and the Diaspora
Edited by Naomi Wallace and Ismail Khalidi
Introduction by Nathalie Handal
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AB: Beit Byout by Tahweel Ensemble Theatre in Beirut

AB: Beit Byout by Tahweel Ensemble Theatre in Beirut 
A Theatre Review by Michael Malek Najjar 
Arab Stages, Volume 2, Number 2 (Spring 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

I must admit that I was skeptical when …

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Conducting a Theatre Workshop for Syrian Refugees at Berlin’s Tempelhof Center

Conducting a Theatre Workshop for Syrian Refugees at Berlin’s Tempelhof Center
An Essay  by Fadi Fayad Skeiker       
Arab Stages, Volume 5, Number 1 (Fall 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

 

Thanks to Alexander Shroeder, a theatre …

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نهاد صليحه وصورة الناقد الحداثي

نهاد صليحه وصورة الناقد الحداثي
By Mohammad Samir Al-Khatib
Arab Stages, Volume 6, Nehad Selaiha Memorial Issue (Spring, 2017)
©2017 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

نهاد صليحه وصورة الناقد الحداثي
كتب د.محمد سمير الخطيب

بعد حقبة الخمسينيات …

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Out Of Control

Out of Control
A Play by Wael Qadour, 2009 
Arab StagesVolume 2, Number 1 (Fall 2015)
©2015 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

 

Characters:

Azez: 27 years.

Alia: Azez’s sister, 26 years.

Wesam: Alia’s husband, 28

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Four Arab Hamlet Plays

Four Arab Hamlet Plays 
eds. Marvin Carlson and Margaret Litvin with Joy Arab
A Book Review by Safi Mahmoud Mahfouz
Arab Stages, Volume 2, Number 2 (Spring 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

Four Arab Hamlet Plays,

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The Village of Tishreen

The Village of Tishreen
A Review by Ahmad Mahfouz
Arab Stages, Volume 5, Number 1 (Fall, 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

The Village of Tishreen is one of the most important modern political plays, not …

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My First Encounter with Nehad Selaiha

My First Encounter with Nehad Selaiha
By Katherine Hennessey
Arab Stages, Volume 6, Nehad Selaiha Memorial Issue (Spring, 2017) 
©2017 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

I don’t write reviews exactly; they’re supposed to be reviews of the

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The Village of Tishreen

The Village of Tishreen
A Play by Muhammad al-Maghut
Translated by Ahmad Mahfouz
Arab StagesVolume 2, Number 1 (Fall 2015)
©2015 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

 

Characters

The Moktar (The leader of the village, a post …

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The Wild Wedding

The Wild Wedding

A Play by Falah Shaker

Translated by Alyaa A. Naser

Arab StagesVolume 2, Number 1 (Fall 2015)
©2015 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

Editor’s Note: The original play contained only two characters.  The …

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The Cart

The Cart
A Play by Hamed Almaliki
Translated by Alyaa A. Naser
Arab Stages, Volume 2, Number 2 (Spring 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

(An Iraqi house, a poor one; there is nothing but eroded

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Cairo in the ‘60’s: This Time by the Rising Circle Theater Collective New York City, May 19, 2016


Cairo in the ‘60’s: This Time by the Rising Circle Theater Collective
The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, New York City
Thursday, May 19, 2016 Performance
A Theatre Review by Michael Malek Najjar
Arab Stages, Volume 5, Number 1 
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The One and Only: Nehad Selaiha

The One and Only: Nehad Selaiha
By Nora Amin
Arab Stages, Volume 6, Nehad Selaiha Memorial Issue (Spring, 2017) 
©2017 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

The following is not an obituary nor is it a testimony about

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Malumat: Resources for Research, Writing/Publishing, Teaching & Performing Arts

Malumat:  
Resources for Research, Writing/Publishing, Teaching, & Performing Arts  
Compiled by Kate C. Wilson
Arab StagesVolume 2, Number 1 (Fall 2015)
©2015 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

This column lists calls and notices relevant to scholars

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Rubbish

Rubbish
A Play by Ali Abdulnebbi Al Zaidi
Translated into English by Alyaa A. Naser
Arab StagesVolume 2, Number 2 (Spring 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

Characters:

MOTHER

SHERIF[1]: her son

AFAF…

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Firestarter

Firestarter
A Short Play by Hassan Abdulrazzak 
Arab StagesVolume 5, Number 1 (Fall 2016) 
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

Firestarter  

 

Firestarter  

Scene 1

A We have to get the man on the hill.

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The Godmother, Obituary: Nehad Selaiha (1945-2017)

The Godmother, Obituary: Nehad Selaiha (1945-2017)
By Ati Metwaly
Arab Stages, Volume 6, Nehad Selaiha Memorial Issue (Spring, 2017) 
©2017 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

This article was first published in Al-Ahram Weekly

On January 6th

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In Memoriam: Nehad Selaiha

In Memoriam: Nehad Selaiha
By Karen Malpede
Arab Stages, Volume 6, Nehad Selaiha Memorial Issue (Spring, 2017) 
©2017 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

Nehad Selaiha was the sort of theatre writer artists crave and need if we …

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Before Dinner

Before Dinner
A Short Play by Yasser Abu Shaqra
Translated by Faisal Hamadah
Arab StagesVolume 5, Number 1 (Fall 2016)  
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

 

Editor’s Note: Before Dinner by Yasser Abu Shaqra was

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A Dialogue about Before Dinner

A Dialogue about Before Dinner Between Playwright Yasser Abu Shaqra and Translator Faisal Hamadah May, 2016
Edited and Translated from the Arabic by Faisal Hamadah
Arab StagesVolume 5, Number 1 (Fall 2016)  
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre 
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