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Dismantling Road Blocks

Performance Studies in Motion : International Perspectives and Practices in the Twenty-First Century

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...Combatants for Peace is an activist movement founded in 2005 by former fighters, Israeli and Palestinian, determined to abandon the vicious circle of violence. Committed to non-violence, the movement’s aim is to put an end to Israeli...

We Shall Resist  

Written by

Anwer Jafri

and

Sheema Kermani

Translated by

Sheema Kermani

~playauthor~Written by~ Anwer Jafri , Sheema Kermani ~playauthor~Translated by~ Sheema Kermani

Methuen Drama, 2017

Bloomsbury Publishing

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Scenes: 8, Roles: Total (42), Female (11), Male (31), Unassigned (0)

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...This play exposes how Islam can be misused to ensure personal and political gains, to gratify the libido, and to convert non-Muslims by force. Opening in a traditional South Asian (nautanki) folk style of directly addressing the audience...

Niqabi Ninja

Written by

Sara Shaarawi

~playauthor~Written by~ Sara Shaarawi

Methuen Drama, 2019

Bloomsbury Publishing

Playtext

Roles: Total (2), Female (2), Male (0), Unassigned (0)

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...Niqabi Ninja by Sara Shaarawi (Egypt) is set in Cairo during the chaotic time of the Egyptian uprising...

Re

Sharon Aronson-Lehavi

Sharon Aronson-Lehavi (PhD) is a tenured Senior Lecturer of theatre and performance studies at the Department of Comparative Literature, Bar-Ilan University. In 2012 she was appointed as a member of the Israel Young Academy, established by the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. She is the author of Gender and Feminism in Modern Theatre (Open University Press, 2013, Hebrew), Street Scenes: Late Medieval Acting and Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), and editor of Wanderers and Other Israeli Plays (Seagull Books, In Performance Series, 2009). She holds a PhD in Theatre Studies from the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). Her awards include a Fulbright grant for doctoral studies, a Dan David post-doctoral research award, a membership in a German Israeli Foundation (GIF) research team, and the 2012 award for Excellence in Teaching, Bar-Ilan University. In 2013–14, she is a Lisa and Douglas Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Performance Studies in Motion : International Perspectives and Practices in the Twenty-First Century

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...The question as to where a theatre performance is located seems to have a simple answer: in the theatre, on the stage, on site. We are accustomed to accepting a frame designed by the creators of a performance, which demarcates our...

Critically Civic

Performance Studies in Motion : International Perspectives and Practices in the Twenty-First Century

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...Public Movement, a group established in 2006 by Israeli artists Dana Yahalomi and Omer Krieger, defines itself as a performative research body that investigates and stages actions or public choreographies in public spaces. See PM...

Me, Torture, and Your Love  

Translated by

A. Al-Azraki

and

James Al-Shamma

~playauthor~Written by~ Awatif Naeem , A. Al-Azraki , James Al-Shamma ~playauthor~Translated by~ A. Al-Azraki , James Al-Shamma

Methuen Drama, 2017

Bloomsbury Publishing

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Scenes: 4, Roles: Total (2), Female (0), Male (2), Unassigned (0)

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...The two characters, one wealthy and one poor before the new order are now reduced to a common plight, find hope in their desperate situation by recognising their common roots in their suffering country...

The Al-Hamlet Summit  

Edited by

Graham Holderness

~playauthor~Written by~ Sulayman Al Bassam , Graham Holderness ~playauthor~Edited by~ Graham Holderness

Methuen Drama, 2014

Bloomsbury Publishing

Playtext

Acts: 5, Scenes: 30, Roles: Total (9), Female (2), Male (7), Unassigned (0)

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...The Al-Hamlet Summit sees the familiar characters of Hamlet reborn as delegates placed in a conference room in an unnamed modern Arab state on the brink of war...

Audacity and Insane Courage

Atay Citron

Atay Citron is associate professor at the University of Haifa’s Theatre Department and head of its Medical Clowning Academic Training Program, which he founded in 2006. He was department chair (2004-2009), artistic director of the Bat-Yam International Street Theatre Festival (2007-2010), the Acco Festival of Alternative Israeli Theatre (2001-2004), and the School of Visual Theatre, Jerusalem (1993-2000). His stage work was seen in the U.S., Canada, France and Israel. He is the recipient of several awards, among them the Rosenblum Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts and two Fulbright fellowships. He was the initiator and organizer of the 2010 international conference RS & PS: Richard Schechner and Performance Studies at the University of Haifa. He holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and his main academic interests are avant-garde performance, ritual, especially healing rites and shamanism, ritual clowning and medical clowning. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Performance Studies in Motion : International Perspectives and Practices in the Twenty-First Century

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...My thanks to Julie Pasqual – a wonderful clown doctor of New York City’s Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit – who had Ball’s insightful comment on a sticker decorating her locker at Harlem Hospital. “I am not funny. . . . What I am...

Ishtar in Baghdad  

Translated by

A. Al-Azraki

and

James Al-Shamma

~playauthor~Written by~ Rasha Fadhil , A. Al-Azraki , James Al-Shamma ~playauthor~Translated by~ A. Al-Azraki , James Al-Shamma

Methuen Drama, 2017

Bloomsbury Publishing

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Acts: 3, Scenes: 8, Roles: Total (6), Female (2), Male (4), Unassigned (0)

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...A dark play created in the shadow of the shocking revelations from Abu Ghraid. The Mesopotamian gods Ishtar and Tammuz, representing the ancient culture of Iraq, appalled by the current destruction and suffering, come down to earth...

Cartoon Dreams  

Translated by

A. Al-Azraki

and

James Al-Shamma

~playauthor~Written by~ Kareem Shghidel , A. Al-Azraki , James Al-Shamma ~playauthor~Translated by~ A. Al-Azraki , James Al-Shamma

Methuen Drama, 2017

Bloomsbury Publishing

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Roles: Total (8), Female (2), Male (5), Unassigned (1)

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...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...