Join the launch of The Digital Guide to Theatre of the Middle East: 21st Century Volume (DGTOME) on Friday, July 30.
"I started thinking about Ashraf Fayadh, particularly the event that lead to his eventual incarceration, namely going to a cafe to watch a football game and ending up in a heap of trouble. What if that day repeated over and over?"
Modern Arabic theater has been graced with some excellent playwrights: Tawfiq al-Hakim, of course, who is credited with founding modern Arabic drama, and who perhaps would have won the 1988 "Arab" Nobel for Literature had he not died the year before it was awarded. Sa'adallah Wannus. Alfred Faraj. Yusuf Idris, who was also on the "shortlist" for the '88 Nobel. (Roger Allen names many more.) Yet little Arabic theatrical work has been translated into English.