Monadhil Daoud Albayati

Plays by Monadhil Daoud Albayati

Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad  

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

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.  

Monadhil Daoud Albayati is a theatre director, playwright, and actor. He was born in 1960 in Basra. He has a PhD in Performing Arts and a High Diploma in Theatre Directing from the Theatre Academy in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and a Diploma in Directing from the Fine Arts Institute, Baghdad. He was a program supervisor at Spectrum London from 1995 through 1997. He is currently a director in the Department of Cinema and Theatre in the Iraqi Ministry of Culture. As an actor, he has appeared in the plays The Great Wall of China (Soor al-seen), The Court (Al-mahkama), The Dramatic Wedding (Al-zafaaf al-dirami), Joan of Arc (Jan Dark), Hamlet's Conference (Mu'tamar Hamlet), Richard III, and Tartuffe (Tartuf). He has written the plays Here is Baghdad (Huna Baghdad) and Time of the Mill (Zamen al-Mat'hana), and the play adaptations Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad (Roemo wa Juliet fi Baghdad) and Forget Herostratus! (Insu Herostrat). His directorial credits include The Boy Mahran (Al-fata Mahran) and Cannibals (Akilat Luhoom al-Basher). All of the above have been staged in Baghdad, and Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad received a production in Stratford, England, as well, at the World Shakespeare Festival in 2012.