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Tahrir Tales

Plays from the Egyptian Revolution

The ten plays in this collection offer unprecedented grassroots perspectives on the jubilation, terror, hope, and heartbreak of mass uprising as seen during and in the wake of the Tahrir Square demonstrations. Collectively tracing events as they unfolded in Egypt from the last days of Hosni Mubarak’s regime through Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s ascendance to the presidency, the plays present a picture of Egypt in the midst of epochal change, with all the attendant fear, hope, and uncertainty. Ranging from naturalism to documentary to more avant-garde representations, the plays collected in Tahrir Tales represent contemporary Egyptian drama at its most interesting, and, not coincidentally, most politically, committed.

360 pages | 12 halftones | 6 x 7 1/2 | © 2016

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Literature and Literary Criticism: Dramatic Works

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"Tahrir Tales promises an invaluable teaching and dramaturgical resource."

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Table of Contents

Translating Egyptian Drama for the Stage
                Mohammed Albakry
                Rebekah Maggor
Disparity and Corruption
                They Say Dancing is a Sin
                                Hany Abdel Naser and Mohamed Abdel Mu’iz
                The Mirror
                                Yasmeen Eman (Shaghaf)
Collective Awakening
                Tahrir Monologues
                                Sondos Shabayek and the BuSSY Project
                The Window
                                Said Solaiman
Long Road to Change
                Comedy of Sorrows
                                Ibrahim El-Husseini
                In Search of Said Abu-Naga
                                Ahmed Hassan Al-Banna
Internal Crisis
                Report on Revolutionary Circumstances
                                Magdy Ek Hamzawy
                The Visit
                                Mohamed Marros
                Sorrowful City
                                Ashraf Abdu
Unfinished Revolution
                                Based on the novel by Khalid Al Khamissi
Egyptian Theatre in Context
                The Fire and the Frying Pan: Censorship and Performance in Egypt
                                Nehad Selaiha

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