Dramatizing Resistance / by R. Sheth

(1 hour, 50 min, 19 sec)

Moderated by Jamil Khoury


March 10, 2014


Pierce Hall at the Historic Chicago Temple, 77 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602

Dramatizing Resistance: Saadallah Wannous and the State of Contemporary Arab Theatre was a panel discussion held on March 10, 2014 at Silk Road Rising that explored the legacy of the late great Syrian playwright Saadallah Wannous. Wannous' influence on theatre being created in the Arab world today, the reality of government censorship, and the relationship between theatre and social and political change, were among the featured topics.

This panel discussion grew out of a partnership between Silk Road Rising, the American University of Beirut, and the Lebanese American University, that fostered the translation of Saadallah Wannous' play Rituals of Signs and Transformations from Arabic to English. Silk Road Rising produced three staged readings of Rituals of Signs and Transformations, translated by Robert Myers and Nada Saab, and directed by Sahar Assaf, on March 8 and 9, 2014. The partnership and translation was made possible by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


Featured Panelists

Sahar Assaf | American University of Beirut (2014)

Riad Ismat | Northwestern University (2014)

Nabeel Khoury | Chicago Council on Global Affairs (2014)

Robert Myers | American University of Beirut (2014)

Nada Saab | Lebanese American University (2014)