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Re-Reading Oppression: One-act plays by Amiri Baraka, Harold Pinter, and Salah Abdul-Saboor

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Apr 30, 2018
Apr 30, 2018
Segal Theatre
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Photo by Salma S. Zohdi

Monday, April 30
Segal Theatre

5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm Reading + Discussion

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

With oppressive regimes regenerating themselves by applying old practices commonly undertaken by dictatorships, the power of art remains to be an essential force that motivates the masses to resist and fight against the normalization of abusive practices. Join us for a mini-festival that aims to analyze and track the dynamics of oppression, discrimination, and abuse as portrayed by three significant playwrights from the U.S., England, and Egypt, in the second half of the 20th century. All readings will be followed by a talk. The event will conclude with a panel discussion and Q&A. Concept and dramaturgy by Salma S. Zohdi.

5:30pm Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman (1964)
Directed by Kareem Fahmy

A powerful one-act drama, Dutchman is set on a New York subway train, the play is a searing two-character confrontation that begins playfully, but builds rapidly in suspense and symbolic resonance.

6:30pm Harold Pinter’s One for the Road (1984) – TBC
Director TBA 

Considered by Frank Rich as Pinter’s “statement about the human rights abuses of totalitarian governments”. The play is set in a room, during the course of one day, where family of three–a father, mother, and a child–are interrogated and tortured.

7:30pm Salah Abdul-Saboor’s Night Traveller (1969)
Directed by Robin A. Eriksen & translated by M.M. Enani.

A black comedy set in a train heading to an unknown destination with three main characters: Narrator, Passenger, and Conductor. Throughout this absurdist narrative, the Conductor manipulates the Passenger’s identity by playing mind games and exerting oppressive practices.

This event is curated by dramaturg and Segal Center’s 2017/18 Next Generation Fellow
Salma S. Zohdi, in collaboration with director Robin A. Eriksen.

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