Political Performance in Syria charts the history of a theatre that has sought the expansion of civil society, challenged existing Arab power structures, and imagined alternate political realities. While most of the works examined are oppositional, the book also considers the work of pro-regime artists. Placing performances in their historical context allows the reader to grasp how theatre makers have intervened in central debates in the Arab World, and to see the potential of theatre and performance to help build a vibrant civil society even in the aftermath of a bloody conflict.
Naila Al Atrash, Stage Director , Actor, Professor of Acting, Damascus, Syria
Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, Professor of History, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University
Edward Ziter, Associate Professor of Drama, New York University
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