Kareem Shghidel

Plays by Kareem Shghidel

Cartoon Dreams  

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Assembles a group of Iraqis, male and female, secular and religious, first in a dreamlike airport lounge and then on an equally dreamlike plane, where their fears and their frustrated desire to escape their current home situation are developed in a dark surrealistic vision.  

Kareem Shghidel is a playwright, poet, and journalist. He has a PhD in Arabic from Al-Mustansiriyah University and is currently a researcher in the Department of Civil Society and Human Rights Studies, Mustansiriyah Centre for Arabic and International Studies in Baghdad. His poetry collections include Manuscript of Pain (Makhtootat al-Alem), published by Dar al-Shi'oon al-Thaqafiyah al-A'ama (The General House of Cultural Affairs), Baghdad, 2005; Sins Are Its Fruits (Thimaraha al-Ma'asi), published by al-Marqaz al-Arabi al-Thaqafi al-Suweesri (The Swiss-Arab Cultural Center), Zürich, 2006; and Care about Ash (Al-A'naya bil Ramad) published by al-Suwaida, Syria, 2015. Productions of his plays include The Ringing (Al-Raneen), at Muntada al-Masrah (Theatre Forum) in Baghdad in 1995; Air-to-Ground (Ardh Jaw), at the Department of Cinema and Theatre, Baghdad, in 2009; Out of Coverage Area (Kharij al-Taghtiyah) at the Department of Cinema and Theatre, Baghdad, 2009; and Cartoon Dreams (Ahlam Cartoon), at the Jordan Theatre Festival, Amman, 2014.