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Egyptian Theatre with Mohab Saber: Kunafa and Shay Episode 6
On this episode of Kunafa and Shay, Marina and Nabra discuss Egyptian street theatre with Egyptian curator and coordinator Mohab Saber.
Drama on Video with Andrea Assaf: Kunafa and Shay Episode 5
On this week’s episode of Kunafa and Shay, join Marina and Nabra as they discuss MENA drama on video, touching a wide range of plays. Marina and Nabra also interview Andrea Assaf about her works, DRONE and Eleven Reflections on September.
The Power of Verbatim Theatre with Jen Marlowe: Kunafa and Shay Episode 4
On this week’s episode of Kunafa and Shay, join Marina and Nabra as they interview Jen Marlowe about her company Donkeysaddle Productions, where Jen conducted interviews for fifteen years to create the verbatim piece There is a Field, a play about Asel Asleh, a seventeen-year-old Palestinian citizen of Israel killed by police in October 2000. Donkeysaddle used this piece to connect communities in the way it was subsequently performed and then documented. Listen to find out how this piece came to be.
Drama Therapy: The Work of Zeina Daccache: Kunafa and Shay Episode 3
On this week's episode of Kunafa and Shay, join Marina and Nabra as they discuss Zeina Daccache's work using drama therapy in Lebanon to empower inmates in the carceral system.
Representation 101: Trends of Contemporary MENA Theatre in the U.S.: Kunafa and Shay Episode 2
Join Nabra and Marina as they discuss how MENA theatre in the United States was affected by 9/11, analyze post-9/11 trends in MENA theatre from their own perspectives, and also examine popular MENA plays of the twenty-first century. Setting the stage for future episodes, this discussion illuminates how theatre has contributed to representation of Arabs in popular media and highlights the playwrights who have fought against the stereotypes that were made mainstream by the widespread racism and xenophobia following 9/11, which continue to this day.
Meet the Hosts: Kunafa and Shay Episode 1
Season 1 of Kunafa and Shay will focus on MENA theatre post-9/11 to today - highlighting contemporary MENA plays and playwrights, spotlighting international community-engaged work in the Arab world, and pondering the present and future of MENA theater in the US. Theatre artist Nabra Nelson and MENA theatre scholar Marina J. Bergenstock bring their own perspectives, research, and special guests in order to start a dialogue and encourage further learning and discussion.
The name, Kunafa and Shay, invites you into the discussion in the best way we know how - with complex and delicious sweets like kunafa, and perfectly warm tea (or, in Arabic, shay!). Kunafa and Shay is a place to share experiences, ideas and, sometimes, to engage with our differences.
For more info and full episode transcript: https://howlround.com/meet-hosts
Important Conversations About Theatre
Wonderful conversations about the current state of American theater; especially showcasing BIPOC artists and their thoughts on what needs to change to fully support BIPOC theater artists.