Arabic Drama on Stage and Television | Newberry

Arabic Drama on Stage and Television

Led by Riad Ismat. Five sessions. 2 - 4 pm
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Tuesdays, June 11 - July 9

2 - 4 pm

This seminar has been cancelled.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (May 7 at 9 am** – May 24 at 4 pm): $220
Regular Registration Price (May 24 at 4 pm – first day of class): $242

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

This seminar has been cancelled.

Seminar Description

In this seminar we will learn about the world of Arabic drama, both on stage and on television. TV is an incredibly popular medium right now in the vast region that extends from the Arabian Gulf countries in the Middle East to North America and encompasses up to 400 million viewers. The modern Arabic drama experience is based in the dramatic tradition that began in 1848 in the Levant are and flourished in Egypt. This course is taught in a more informal discussion-based format.

Five sessions. E – $220, L – $242

Riad Ismat is a prolific writer and director. In addition to authoring many books of literary and arts criticism, he has 18 plays and 7 television series to his credit. He has also won Deutsche Welle’s Prize for Best Arabic Short Story. He teaches at Northwestern University and Columbia College..

Materials List


  • Salma Khadra Jayyusi (edited by), Short Arabic Plays: An Anthology. Interlink Books, 2003. ISBN: 978-1566564694

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.