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Articles, Essays, Volume 6

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 counted everybody, including the one-timers and those who never made it to the stage, and even if you add for a bonus Amina El-Sawi, who adapted some novels in the sixties, the number does not exceed a dozen.

Compared to other Arab countries, however, Egypt does not seem to have done too badly in the space of forty years. If we were to expand our theme and make it “women dramatists in Egypt”, we will find that at least six women have tried their hand at television drama. My business here, however, is with women who specifically wrote with the stage in mind.

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