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Staged Readings

Rituals of Signs and Transformations

Saturday, March 08, 2014
8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Pierce Hall at The Historic Chicago Temple Building
77 West Washington St, Chicago, IL

Set in Damascus in the 1880's, two rival clerics get mired in a feud that tears the city apart. Political ambition, religious fundamentalism, and sexual hypocrisy fan the theatrical flames in this blistering critique of patriarchy and power in the Arab world. Syrian playwright Saadallah Wannous (1941 - 1997) has been called both the Bertolt Brecht and the Wole Soyinka of the Arab theatre. His plays are to the Arab world what Vaclav Havel’s plays were to the Iron Curtain.