Arabic Theater in Translation: Language, Culture, and Politics


WHEN October 30, 2014
6:30-8 PM WHERE NYUAD Campus, Conference Center WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute Open to the Public

Playwrights and translators reflect on the joys and complexities of moving plays from Arabic to English including models of translation and the specific challenges of creating vibrant English interpretations of dramatic texts distinct from poetry, literature, and non-fiction. Panelists share their experiences, as well as excerpts of translated texts, and address such topics as translating from classical and contemporary Arabic, illuminating culture through translation, and working collaboratively with actors and directors.

Simultaneous Arabic interpretation will be provided.

Image: Courtesy of Danielle Chouiery Kassouf


Hassan Abdulrazzak Playwright; Screenwriter; Translator

Abdullah Alkafri Playwright; Dramaturge; Cultural Manager

Robert Myers Professor of English and Creative Writing, American University of Beirut

Nada Saab Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies, Lebanese American University

Moderated by
  • Catherine Coray, Associate Arts Professor, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU; Affiliated Faculty, NYUAD

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