Staging the Middle East in Theatre and Through Performance, University of California Riverside
Staging the Middle East in Theatre and Through Performance
Department of Theatre
University of California, Riverside
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April 3 – 4, 2009
UCR ALUMNI & VISITORS CENTER
Erith Jaffe-Berg, UC Riverside.
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages
Department of Media & Cultural Studies
Middle East and Islamic Studies Group
Office of Research
Department of Theatre
Department of Women’s Studies
This conference brings together artists and scholars from North America, Europe and the Middle East in order to explore how theatre and other performative contexts, such as digital media, fashion, installation art, pedagogy and poetry critically engage in the staging of the Middle East and its peoples, cultures and conflicts.
Schedule of Events
All sessions in the Johnson Boardroom of the Alumni Center unless otherwise noted
Morning- afternoons (arrivals, conference check-ins)
8-8:20 Coffee and Registration
8:20 Welcome words and introduction by convener.
8:30 – 9:40 Session I: “Casting” Arab Identities in Pedagogy and Performance
Moderator: Erith Jaffe-Berg, UCR
“(Mis)Representing Arabness: Transporting Wajdi Mouawad’s Littoral/Tideline
From Stage to Screen,” Michael Najjar, UCLA.
“Wajdi Mouawad: Reshaping the Geography of Québécois Theatre”
Bernard Lavoie, L’Université du Québec, Montréal
“’Teaching Arabic and…?’ Performative Language Pedagogy and the Formation
of Hybrid Identity in Al-Kitaab fii ta alum al-arabiya”
Marc Boucai, University of California, Berkeley
9:45 – 10:55 Session II: Space in Performative Transactions
Moderator: Sherine Hafez, UCR
“Hybrid Traditions: The Adventure of Saadallah Wannous”
Nesrin Alrefaai, Warwick University, UK
“Oppositional Theatre in Syria: Naila Al-Atrash Direct Saadallah Waannous”
Edward Ziter, New York University
“Egyptian Theatre Reclaiming its Old Spaces”
Prof. Dina Amin, Villanova University, invited guest
11:00 – 12:10 Session III: Staging Dispossession in Mixed Mediums & Media
Moderator: Stephanie Hammer, UCR
Jeffrey Sacks, UCR
“Ambiguity of Place: Domesticating Identity in the Postexilic Narrative of
Yael Samuel, Otis College of Art and Design.
“Performance of Power and Resistance: Suicide Bombers in Front of the
Rana Salimi, UCSD
12:00 – 1:15 LUNCH – welcome words from the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Conference Room A, Alumni Center
1: 20 – 1:50 Invited Lecture: “Dangerous Liaisons:
The Allure of the Veiled Monologue”
Hala Nassar, Yale University
Discussant: Tiffany Lopez, UCR
2: 00 – 3:30 Session IV: Querying the ‘Middle East’ in Drama and Through Performance
“The Shifting Context: Reading the Middle East and North Africa through Performance”
Laura Chakravarty Box, Colby College
“The Fabric of Middle Eastern Bodies: Three Instances of Performance”
Alexandru Balasescu, National School of Political and Administrative
Studies, Bucharest, Romania.
“To Be an American is To Be Punished: Two Rooms, Someone to Watch
Over Me and the Dramatic Construction of American-Middle Eastern
Kevin Wetmore, Loyola Marymount University
3: 45 – 4:45 Performance: Betty Shamieh
Conference Room B, Alumni Center
Betty Shamieh will perform excerpts from her two works
The Black Eyed and Chocolate in Heat. Question and Answer and
book signing to follow performance.
Discussant: Rickerby Hinds, UCR
Betty Shamieh is a Palestinian-American actor, playwright, and screenwriter. She is the author of 15 plays for which she has been awarded grants by the NEA, TCG and the Ford Foundation. Her plays have been produced by The New York Theatre Workshop, The New Group and Magic Theatre, and her plays have been developed by The Public Theatre and The Royal Court.
Betty Shamieh is a playwright
5:00 – 6:00 Light hors d’oeuvres served.
Arroyo Vista Café, Alumni Center
6:00 – 7:00 Break
7:00 – 9:30 Performed Reading and Discussion: Benedictus
Reading will take place in the Theatre Lab on campus, HUMN 411.
Creative Team for Benedictus: Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, Motti Lerner,
Roberta Levitow, Torange Yeghiazarian and Daniel Michaelson.
The reading is directed by Eric Barr, Chair, Department of Theatre, UCR
Discussant: Martin Plot, Cal Arts
Benedictus is a collaboration by artists from Israel, Iran and the United States, including the prominent Israeli playwright Motti Lerner, Iranian-American director Mahmood Karimi-Hakak of Siena College, the American dramaturge Roberta Levitow, designer Daniel Michaelson of Bennington College, and Torange Yeghiazarian, Artistic Director of Golden Thread Productions in San Francisco.
The play imagines the 42 hours preceding a US attack on Iran. An Israeli arms dealer and an Iranian politician engage in a secret meeting, set against the background of Rome, to prevent this attack.
8:00 – 8:30 Coffee & Pastries
8:30 – 9:45 Session V: Staging the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
“’Home’ Claims and “Israel Guilt’: Jonathan Lichtenstein’s Memory and Jason
Shelly Salamensky, UCLA
“The Carousel of Revenge on the Israeli-Palestinian Stage”
Motti Sandak, International Institute for Jewish and Israeli Culture
“Dual Transgressions: Hanoch Levine’s Murder”
David Gorshein, UCLA
10:00 – 11:30 Performative responses: Round Panel of Writers speaking to the issue
of “staging the Middle East” in their works
Moderator: Stuart Krieger, UCR
Performance Interlude: Muslima Monologues
Mehnaz-Mona Afridi, Levantine Cultural Centre & CSULB
Susan Merson, A Bounty of Lace
Damon Chua, writing in Singapore
Sarah Treem, writer, “In Treatment” HBO series.
Betty Shamieh, The Black Eyed and Chocolate in Heat
11:30 Closing comments by the convener, responses.
12:00 Conference officially ends.