Excited that this informal event at BU is actually happening!
The “Arab Shakespeare Trilogy”:
Staging a Region in Tumult, 2002-2011
A conversation with dramatic examples:
Kuwaiti theatre director Sulayman Al-Bassam
and Prof. Margaret Litvin (MLCL)
Born in Kuwait and educated in Britain, Sulayman Al-Bassam founded the Sulayman Al-Bassam Theatre (SABAB) in Kuwait in 2002. He has directed his Shakespeare adaptations on four continents, including at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Kennedy Center, and BAM. SABAB productions are characterized by a radical approach to text, bold production styles, and playful, provocative combinaons of content and form. The Speaker’s Progress, the final play of Al-Bassam’s “Arab Shakespeare Trilogy,” opens at ArtsEmerson in Boston on October 12.
Wednesday, October 12, 12-2pm
The Castle, 225 Bay State Road
Lunch will be served before and during the talk
Sponsored by the Peter Paul Development Professorship, the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, and the Arvind and Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Honors College
Swear to Allah, it’s not theatre! ArtsEmerson in Boston has officially announced its 2011-12 season, and Sulayman Al-Bassam’s pseudo-post-but-actually-meta-theatrical The Speaker’s Progress, a dark and jam-packed take on Twelfth Night, is on the schedule for October 12-16. Details and a video clip here.
Sulayman Al-Bassam has a little article in The Guardian on how his current show, a very pessimistic frame story incorporating an Arab adaptation of Twelfth Night,
has changed in production because of recent events in Tunisia, Egypt, etc.
More photos from the production previews here.
The show is coming to BAM in New York next fall.