Contemporary Plays from Iraq: A Cradle; A Strange Bird on Our Roof; Cartoon Dreams; Ishtar in Baghdad; Me, Torture, and Your Love; Romeo and Juliet in

Contemporary Plays from Iraq: A Cradle; A Strange Bird on Our Roof; Cartoon Dreams; Ishtar in Baghdad; Me, Torture, and Your Love; Romeo and Juliet in

By: A. Al-Azraki (author), Abdul Razaq Al Rubai (author), Abdul-Kareem Mahdi Saleh (author), Monadhil Daoud Albayati (author), Awatif Naeem (author), Kareem Shghidel (author), Ali Abdel-Nabi Al-Zaidi (author), Rasha Fadhil (author), Waziri Waziri (author), Al-Shamma Al-Shamma (editor)Paperback

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Contemporary Plays from Iraq is a ground-breaking collection of Middle Eastern drama translated into English for the very first time. With works from both established and emerging male and female playwrights, written in country and in exile, this volume offers current Iraqi perspectives on a war and occupation that have significantly impacted the Middle East and the rest of the world. Dealing exclusively with contemporary plays originating from Iraq, this anthology gives under-studied Arabic political theatre the attention it deserves and provides a general introduction that sets the plays within their cultural and historical contexts. The plays are preceded by introductions from the playwrights themselves, further enriching each piece for the enjoyment and understanding of the reader. The volume is introduced and translated by James Al-Shamma, Assistant Professor at Belmont University, US, and A. Al-Azraki, an Iraqi playwright.

About Author

James Al-Shamma is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Belmont University, where he started teaching in 2007. He teaches theatre history and literature, scriptwriting, film, improvisation and other courses. He directs at the university and is an artistic and producing partner for the Five Dollar Recession (FDR) Theatre Company. Dr. Al-Shamma's principal areas of research are contemporary women playwrights and Arabic, and specifically Iraqi, theatre. He has published two books on American playwright Sarah Ruhl and has published articles in the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism and The Eugene O'Neill Review. A. Al-Azraki is an Iraqi playwright.


Foreword General introduction Biographies The Takeover by Hoshang Waziri Introduction Text A Cradle by Abdul-Kareem Al-Ameri Introduction Text Ishtar in Baghdad by Rasha Fadhil Introduction Text Summer Rain by Abdel-Nabi Al-Zaidi Introduction Text Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad by Monadhil Daoud Albayati Introduction Text Me, Torture, and Your Love by Awatif Naeem Introduction Text A Strange Bird on Our Roof by Abdul Razaq Al-Rubai Introduction Text Cartoon Dreams by Kareem Sheghaidil Introduction Text The Widow by A. Al-Azraki Introduction Text

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781474253291
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9781474253291
  • weight: 217
  • ISBN10: 1474253296

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