Author Archives: Esther M Neff

In Memoriam: Riad Ismat (1947-2020)

By Robert Myers

On May 13 of this year, the theatre, the Arab world and those who care about literature and culture lost a great friend, scholar and brilliant director and playwright, Mohammad Riad Hussein Ismat to the Covid 19 …

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“Theatre—It’s Our Only Sanctuary” An Interview with Professor Sahar Assaf

By Michael Malek Najjar

Lebanon has been struggling with difficulties since the Taif Agreement (also known as the National Reconciliation Accord) was reached, effectively ending the decades-long Lebanese Civil War in 1989. Since that time, there have been several calamitous …

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Refraction, against distortion. Recent tendencies on the Arab stage

By Daniela Potenza

While Egypt was still in revolt, especially in 2011, some plays emerged as a continuation of the revolution.[1] Acclaimed performances, such as Dalia Basiouny’s Solitaire, and Laila Soliman’s No Time for Art were sincere expressions …

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Nehad Selaiha (1945-2017): On Egyptian and International Theatre Free PDF’s of Five Volumes of Theatre Criticism + Sample Essays

The Egyptian scholar Nehad Selaiha, who died in 2017, has long been recognized as the leading theatre critic of the Arab World.  In 2003 and 2004 she selected around 300 out of the several thousand essays on Arab and international

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Young and Critical Voices of Turkey II: “We are here as we are and even if we are somehow failing, we keep working” Conversation with Onur Karaoğlu

By Eylem Ejder

This is the second part of a conversation series I initiated in June 2019 in order to make the young, creative and critical voices of theatre and performing arts in Turkey more visible and audible. I hope

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