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Doomed by Hope: Essays on Arab Theatre [Paperback]

Eyad Houssami

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9 Nov 2012
Doomed by Hope is a beautifully presented collection of essays by writers and artists which traces the history of contemporary Arab theatre and its relationship to social change.

With contributors from Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Kuwait and Yemen, this book includes both academic discussions and personal narratives, alongside a number of specially commissioned portraits of contemporary Arab theatre artists. The essays revolve around the legacy of the late Syrian dramatist Saadallah Wannous, whose monumental plays incited audiences to rise up against tyranny decades ago.

This unique book is one of the first English language volumes on Arab theatre. In a highly topical manner following the Arab Spring, it explores cultural practices – from reading plays in a classroom to performing in a security state and directing in theatres, prisons, and international festivals – in times of revolt.

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This unique volume assembled by playwright Houssami [is] welcome and necessary... Underlying the volume is a sense of the necessary. This is the power of theater giving voice to the voiceless, whether in the streets of Syria after the 1973 war, in US college theaters experiencing a solo performance about a Palestinian American living in Palestine for a year, or in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. ... remarkably topical and relevant... fascinating. Highly recommended. (K.J. Wetmore, Jr., CHOICE)

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Eyad Houssami makes and writes about theatre. He studied theatre at Yale University and currently lives in Beirut. He is the author of the play Mama Butterfly.

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