Syrian Drama: The Plays of Sa’dallah Wannous

MAR 03, 2014 | 6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


1218: Segal Theatre


March 03, 2014: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM





Syrian playwright Sa’dallah Wannous (1941-1997) was a central figure in the Arabic theatre of the late twentieth century.  His most important works began to appear in the wake of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, and were focused on positive social and political change in the region.  The evening celebrates his first collection of works in English translation, Four Plays from Syria, published by the Segal Center (Marvin Carlson, editor). The evening will include excerpts of Wannous’ acclaimed play Rituals, the first Arab play in repertory at the Comedie Francais. With Rituals translators Robert Myers (Professor of English, American University in Beirut) and Nada Saab (Assistant Professor of Literature at Lebanese American University), as well as Beirut-based actress and director Sahar Assaf (Lecturer in Theatre, American University in Beirut). Myers, Saab, and the Chicago-based theatre company Silk Road Rising received a MacArthur grant to translate Rituals in 2012. Reading produced by Arab-American company Noor Theatre.