“Shakespeare among the Suicide Bombers: The Turmoil of Theater in Modern Afghanistan” by Nushin Arbabazadah

May 9, 2019
Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 4:00pm
Thompson Library, Room 165
Image of Afghan Theatre Scene
The Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute Annual Lecture:
 
“Shakespeare among the Suicide Bombers: The Turmoil of Theater in Modern Afghanistan” by Nushin  Arbabazadah
 

From wandering Sadhu troops who performed epic tales of love on the narrow lanes and old bazaars of ancient towns to state sponsored morality tales, the history of Afghan theater reflects the tragedy of a people in search of answers. 

 
In the words of journalist Zahra Sadat, many things that cannot be spoken of are uttered on stage. “As I recalled those scenes of passion and frenzy, I felt they were the truth of our society. The play spoke to me, made me think deeply and long about ‘why are we like this?’”
 
Afghan theater was born on the dusty streets of ancient towns, elevated to courtly art and then wounded by the Taliban. Recovered through international effort, it may be hit again soon in the crossfire of ISIS-Taliban fundamentalist frenzy. But as history shows, theater may go to sleep but never dies in Afghanistan 
 
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