Antigone in Egypt

Nehad Selaiha

in Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199586196
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191728754 | DOI:

Series: Classical Presences

Antigone in Egypt

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This chapter suggests that Egypt adapted Sophocles' Antigone during times of irreconcilable differences and political repression. A 1965 production of Brecht's Antigone protested Nasser's autocratic tyrannical rule, whereas a 1978 production of Anouilh's version offered an implicit response to Sadat's compromise with Israel and its allies, culminating in the Camp David agreement. Anouilh's more sympathetic Creon reflected Sadat's attempt to make the best of a bad options against growing internal opposition from Islamic movements. A 2002 version at the American University in Cairo directed by Frank Bradley set the play in modern Palestine in the rabble of a war-raged city. Antigone in Ramallah...Antigone in Beirut, a dramatic poem for three voices, called for peace and reconciliation. In 2003, Once Upon a Time staged a fictional meeting between Scherazade of the Arabian Nights and Antigone that investigated patriarchy. In 2008, Azza El-Husseini's Ta'am Al-Sabbar (A Taste of Aloes) drew on local folk and ritual traditions in the rural Egyptian South to express pessimism about Egypt's ability to stand up to tyranny.

Keywords: Greek tragedy; Antigone; Sophocles; Anouillh; classics; theatre; Egyptian theatre; Azza El-Husseini; Frank Bradley

Chapter.  12113 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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