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Doomed by Hope coming soon

20 October 2012
Masrah Ensemble is a nonprofit organization that makes, curates, develops, and fosters research and criticism of theatre with a focus on the Arab stage. Based in Beirut, Lebanon, the Ensemble aims to reconfigure audiences and to encourage riveting theatre.

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Cover of Doomed by Hope

Doomed by Hope
: Essays on Arab Theatre
is published in English by Pluto Press and in Arabic by Dar Al Adab.  Preorder your copy today.

With contributors from Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Kuwait, and Yemen, Doomed by Hope includes both academic discussions and personal narratives, alongside a number of specially commissioned portraits of contemporary Arab theatre artists. The essays revolve around the legacy of the late Syrian dramatist Saadallah Wannous, whose monumental plays incited audiences to rise up against tyranny decades ago.

Doomed by Hope explores cultural practices – from reading plays in a classroom to performing in a security state and directing in theatres, prisons, and international festivals – in times of revolt.


The book Doomed by Hope received the generous and dedicated support from the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development.

The Young Arab Theatre Fund provided a grant to subsidize translation costs.