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President's Lecture Series presents Doomed by Hope Theatre Series
President's Lecture Series presents the Masrah Ensemble's Doomed by Hope Theatre Series
At a time of great social and political transformation in the Middle East, the President's Lecture Series spring event will feature the Masrah Ensemble, which is orchestrating its Doomed by Hope Theatre Series, including internationally renowned theatre artists and scholars from Egypt and Syria.
For more information, visit www.rowan.edu/colleges/cpa/theatre_dance/production/galleryInfo.cfm?id=124
KEYNOTE EVENT: "Solitaire"
Monday, April 1, 5:00-7:00 pm
Eynon Ballroom, Chamberlain Student Center
Monday April 1, 12:15-1:30 pm
Room 221, Chamberlain Student Center
"Doomed by Hope"
Tuesday, April 2, 1:45-3:00 pm
"Theatre as Protest"
Tuesday, April 2, 3:15-4:30 pm
Doomed by Hope Theatre Series participants
Dalia Basiouny is a writer, theatre director, translator, and university professor in Egypt. She has directed 18 plays in Egypt, United Kingdom, and the United States, and her plays have been performed in Morocco, Iraq, Zimbabwe, and Germany. She is the founder of the independent Egyptian theater troupe Sabeel, which focuses on promoting women's work, researching ways of integrating theatre and video to create non-traditional plays, and perform them in alternative spaces.
Mohammad Al Attar is a Syrian playwright and dramaturge who graduated from Damascus University. His play Withdrawal was adapted for performances in London, New York, New Delhi, Berlin, Tunisia, and Beirut. "Online" premiered at London's Royal Court Theatre, and "Can You Please Look Into the Camera" premiered in Glasgow and Seoul in April 2012. Al Attar has been a dramaturge for the Studio Theatre Company in Damascus and also the coordinator for the International Theater & Modern Dance Program, at Damascus Arab Capital of Culture.
Eyad Houssami makes and writes about theatre. He is the founding director of Masrah Ensemble and the editor of the English and Arabic editions of Doomed by Hope: Essays on Arab Theatre. He has performed in dead Byzantine cities in Syria; produced a monodrama in a 13th century mansion only to be shut down by the government; and his play Mama Butterfly received a staged reading at the Between the Seas Festival (New York 2010). A recipient of Rotary and Fulbright grants, he also co-founded and served as President of the Yale Arab Alumni Association.
President's Lecture Series Committee
Dr. Glenn Odom