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SOLITAIRE, written and directed Dalia Basiouny at Rawabet Theatre, Cairo. Photo. M.Abdelfattah. Photo 5
Volume 1

Solitaire

Solitaire, an Egyptian Multimedia Performance by Dalia Basiouny
 ­Arab StagesVolume 1, Number 1 (Fall 2014)
 ©2014 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

This is a section from a larger play that traces the lives of three Egyptian women; an elderly mother and her two daughters. The mother, Nagaat, lives in Cairo, and reminisces about the older way of living while playing Solitaire on the computer. She speaks in classical Arabic. The young daughter, Noha, goes through an identity crisis while stuck in Cairo traffic with her husband, her language is colloquial and hip. The older daughter, Mona, lives in New York and is trying to figure out who she is as an Arab American after 9/11. Following is the monologue of Mona.

Stage right there is a modern armchair, next to a side table with books, crayons, a small statute, kid’s soft toy, a vase of flowers.
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