Wednesday, November 10, 2010

For the Arabic Hamlet plays

If you come up with questions for Sulayman Al-Bassam as you are reading and watching his Al-Hamlet Summit, please add them to this post.  I will see if we can ask him to respond!

Meanwhile, some links on the production:
An interview with Al-Bassam

Shirley Dent: So who - or what - did you have in mind when you choose to 'strap Shakespeare's Hamlet to a theatrical warhead'?
S Al-B: That phrase was used in some of our publicity for the production. It refers to the explosive political meanings of the piece. Ironically, it also plays on the Western media's obsession with equating the idea of 'Arab' with ideas of violence or war.
More praise for the original English-language version:

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