A brief write-up an audio interview with Jeffrey Brown of PBS’ NewsHour, who also did a long segment on Al-Bassam when his Richard III: An Arab Tragedy played Washington and New York in 2009. The first segment’s headline had Al-Bassam “take inspiration” from Shakespeare; the current one has him “taking inspiration” from the Arab Spring. And there is something to this: it does seem that the source text Twelfth Night plays a relatively insignificant role in the logic of Al-Bassam’s new play — it could have been any other play, or even another type of iconic performance. Whereas his Hamlet was really a Hamlet. This is not a criticism.
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