Egypt in Transition: Playwright Ibrahim El-Husseini’s Comedy of Sorrows

Ibrahim El HusseiniFree Theatre Event! Monday, April 2, 2012 at 6:30 p.m at the Martin E. Segal Theatre, 365 Fifth Avenue, NYC (at 38th Street)

Award-winning Egyptian playwright Ibrahim El-Husseini visits the Segal Center to present a reading of his Commedia Al-Ahzaan (Comedy of Sorrows) in its English translation by Mohammed Albakry and Rebekah Maggor. Comedy of Sorrows was one of the first theatrical responses to Egypt’s January revolution.

Its heroine, a young, college-educated Cairene woman, travels through her city, gradually growing aware of the misery that surrounds her. First performed at Cairo’s Al-Ghad Theatre, it was lauded as an “emotionally poignant and aesthetically cathartic theatrical experience.”

Join us for this look at excellence in the Egyptian theatre and for a discussion about how art informs a society convulsed by change. With Professor Marvin Carlson (CUNY Graduate Center), Rebekah Maggor (Vanderbilt University), and playwright and actress Najla Said.

Presented in collaboration with the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, and AO International

 by William Repicci

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