Popular in Arab Theatre
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Date Created: 09/22/16
9/22 1 Ali Janna Kabrisi and His Servant Kervusa 1968 Alfred farag playwright was open about the fact that he was writing political theatre for him everything is political of course his theatre is political 1959-1963 detained for 4 years wrote his first play in prison performed w inmates then smuggled out then staged signed a statement on behalf of left wing university students Admar Sadat became pres afted Nasaar and detained left wing intellectuals Alfred Farag chose voluntary exile because he was forbidden from being in the public eye with his writings 1967 egypt build aslam damn built an army want to reclaim Palestine for arab world but in 6 days military destroyed and Nasar retrenches from pan-arab project and focuses on Egypt… arab nationalism is the caravan that never arrives Nasaar dies in 1970 Does he actually have a caravan… how can these people fall for this but by the end you’re like does he actually have a caravan maybe Consumer confidence is what drives the economy 1001 Nights: Tales within tales Combo of 3 different stories from 1001 nights Rhetoric of arab nation versus the reality- fed ourselves w dreams All these stories about exaggerated wealth within bag but finally just pulls out a loaf of bread and an olive How can we defend ourselves against a foreign threat if we can’t even defend ourselves against our own leaders Ali Janna only eats a piece of bread and olive for his meals- he’s a simple man he’s one of the people he lives a different reality from the stories he tells Gamal Abdel Nasser known for his simplicity and his simplicity of diet he ate like a peasant he was darkr skin than other Egyptians from Upper Egypt speaks to his role as a man of the people Both ali janna and nassar care deeply about the population Promised to transform the nation but the life of the peasant didn’t change a lot of people spent a lot of time in prison people were tortured a lot of people disappeared but people are still hungry Play turns to arab heritage to make the case While flip flap evokes heritage of arab jester 2 Night Traveler 1969 Sali Abdul Sadul Wrote a lot of his plays in verse, verse dramas Character names: narrator, conductor, passenger… gonna see a train entering a metaphorical play world, character types that speak about something else, not a realistic world Background of this play is military conquest and destruction The conductor identifies himself as Alexander the Great Principal action in the play: the train conductor comes to check ticket and consequential conversation ensues, man has ticket and then conductor eats it and then he no longer has a ticket and his identity card was blank, and then there’s a problem What does it mean to have an identity card or not to have one? Without one you don’t have an identity and then you don’t have a life Who issued the identity card, the government, so the gov can take it away It gives you the right to exist and it is the property of the government so it can be reclaimed by the gov we have no natural rights only rights from the gov and they can reclaim it Only god exists outside of this structure God is gone he has left these parts because someone stole his identity card because god is the only one who can have blank identity card The conductor himself is actually the one who killed god but accuses the passenger Signifies gov, social order, etc when on this train the conductor knows everything the train in some ways is Egypt The conductor kills the passenger then asks the narrator to help drag the body away and the narrator is like what else can I do what choice do I have All I can do is write plays have my commentary could just be another passenger on the train the conductor hasn’t gotten to yet moving on from person to person taking advantage of them 3 Comedy of Oedipus 1970 Ali Salomn Talk about Nasser without saying his name Modernity is an alliance between a police state and a modern bourgeoisie Nasser is with victory so everything has that name songs about victory businesses Subsidizes state mosques all paid by the state The suspect never changes because the power never changes The beast’s purpose is to gobble up all the intelligent people The beast is a sphinx Oedipus is Nasser he is both the solution to Egypt’s problems and the scourge of it The beast is colonialism which turns populations against each other devours whole cities and worlds consumes other lands could also be Israel Oedipus didn’t defeat the beast he just went out there and it went away Beast really never defeated so returns Written and performed just before Nasser died All of these plays talk about the artist Theatre can resist theatre will resist and it will exist Why chastise the audience for laughing Laugh and then gasp at what they just gasped about Hold a mirror up to yourself We see ourselves in the pratfalls because we see our own potential to slip and fall and try to avoid doing it An element of shame when you laugh Paper due a week from today on the Tuesday a paper clinic paper due Thursday Pick a topic for Tuesday, identify 3 lines of text that are relevant to what youre gonna write about Find argument by thinking about the text Resonate with sense you have from reading it, argument driven writing Thesis paragraph lays out a clear argument Topic sentences lay out the argument Quote you can contextualize and explore the argument Find quote that allows you to talk about central idea Is there a similarity to comment on /difference? Don’t repeat the same point over and over again Yes its oppressive but find something that is different and interesting and name it… the banality of evil for example... your rights are not born but given to you by the gov Discuss the idea of the ruler Where is Nasser??? Don’t turn it into a wheres waldo What is soveriengty what is the idea of the leader More the idea of the leader how it grows in complexity The jester idea that is in flip flap first paragraph outline argument Don’t have to talk too much about history or why theatre is great be concise don’t flourish language and be flowery be concise Going to make this argument and how going to do that “New ideas require new words”-ted but “nothing as tedious as new words for old ideas”
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