Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad  

Monadhil Daoud Albayati translated by A. Al-Azraki and James Al-Shamma

DOI: 10.5040/9781474253338.00000051
Scenes: 16. Roles: Male (15) , Female (4) , Neutral (0)

Commissioned by the World Shakespeare Festival, the play uses Shakespeare to comment on contemporary political and social concerns. The feuding families are clearly Shiite and Sunni and the play is full of contemporary references. Paris becomes a clownish Al-Qaeda member wearing an explosive vest, an American general makes a brief apperance and the rattle of machine guns is frequently heard offstage.  

From Contemporary Plays from Iraq

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Monadhil Daoud Albayati translated by A. Al-Azraki and James Al-Shamma

ISBN: 9781474253291

Series: Bloomsbury Publishing

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