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THE ARAB OEDIPUS: READING AND DISCUSSION

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Start:
Dec 5, 2005
End:
Dec 5, 2005
Cost:
Free
Venue:
Segal Theater
Category:
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KING TUT WITH SUPERIMPOSED GREEK TRAGIC MASK Image by Marvin Carlson & Kurt Taroff

KING TUT WITH
SUPERIMPOSED
GREEK TRAGIC MASK
Image by
Marvin Carlson &
Kurt Taroff

A celebration of the publication of the latest volume in the series of Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications: The Arab Oedipus: Four Plays. A collection of four translations of plays from the Arab world based on the Oedipus legend. Although other Greek myths, such as those of Electra and Orestes, have attracted more attention by leading dramatists in the West, Oedipus has been the Greek myth most developed by leading Arab dramatists, who have found in it grounding for political commentary, philosophic and theological meditation, and cultural satire. The four treatments in this book are by leading dramatists of the modern Arabic theatre: Tawfiq al-Hakim, Ali Salim, and Ali Ahmed Bakathir from Egypt; and Walid Ikhlasi from Syria. The plays range in time from ancient Greek Thebes and ancient Egyptian Thebes to a contemporary computer laboratory, where a super computer replaces the Delphic oracle as the source of the fatal prophesy. A discussion with editor Marvin Carlson, Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at The Graduate Center CUNY and translator Dalia Basiouny will follow.

6:30 p.m., Monday, December 5, 2005, Martin E. Segal Theatre

Res. Code 6421. Free

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