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International Voices Project: Comedy of Sorrows

May 15, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 12:00 am

By: Ibrahim El-Husseini
Translated by: Mohammed Albakry and Rebekah Maggor

In collaboration with Egyptian American Societ and Consulate General of Egypt

Ibrahim El-Husseini’s Comedy of Sorrows (Commedia Al-Ahzaan) is one of the first theatrical responses to the Egyptian revolution of January 25th. The play follows a young university-educated Egyptian woman who, through a series of encounters with different members of society, comes to realize that she had been oblivious to the poverty and misery into which her people sank. The play presents a collective and unsentimental account of a nation’s awakening. Through a unique combination of vivid poetry and colloquial dialogue, it celebrates the uprising of a people, while at the same time anticipating the tumult of a nation transitioning into democracy. First performed in July, 2011 at Cairo’s Al-Ghad Theatre, Comedy of Sorrows won accolades from some of Egypt’s most influential critics and scholars. In her review for Al-Ahram newspaper, professor and critic Nehad Seleiha called the play an “emotionally poignant and aesthetically cathartic theatrical experience.” Poet and critic Girgus Shukry wrote in the Journal of Radio and Television that while “we may agree or disagree with [El-Husseini’s] method of treatment, no one will dispute the fact that we are witnessing a major creative work… in which the author chooses to ask questions rather than offer ready-made answers.”


May 15, 2012
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Unnamed Venue
360 East Randolph St.
Chicago , IL United States

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