Ali al-Rai Exits Stage: Egypt Loses Critic Who Brought Masterpieces to Theater

Elie Chalala.

Ali al-Rai, a major intellectual and champion of theater, died in Egypt on January 18, 1999 at the age of 78. An avid supporter of young and new talent and an independent-minded critic and nationalist, he was a modest person who shunned the spotlight and was not given to exaggeration. Al-Rai leaves behind a rich legacy, mainly in Egyptian theater. 

Sadallah Wannous' Approach to Theater

Fatme Sharafeddine Hassan

In 1959, at 18 years of age, Sadallah Wannous received his Baccalaureate degree in Tartus, Syria, and then headed for Egypt to study Journalism at Cairo University. During his stay in Egypt, he became interested specifically in theater, voraciously reading works by European and American playwrights. His readings included plays in existentialist traditions and the theater of the absurd; he was also attracted to critical literature about theater. 

Sadallah Wannous Calls For Restoration of Theater, The "Ideal Forum" for Human Dialogue

Al Jadid Staff

Sa'dallah Wannous, famed Syrian playwright, was chosen to deliver the keynote speech celebrating the International Day of Theater. His speech was distributed and read in all world theaters on March 7, 1996. Wannous chose as his theme the "Hunger for Dialogue," a discussion he feels "starts on theater, than roams vastly, growing until it encompasses the world in all its different peoples and diverse cultures."

Sa'dallah Wannous: A Life in Theater

Manal A. Swairjo

Selected by UNESCO and the International Institute of Theater, the Syrian playwright Sa'dallah Wannous presented this year's address to the world theater community during its celebration of International Theater Day on March 27. This was the first selection of an Arab writer since the organization started this tradition in 1963, indicating the organization's recognition of the Syrian playwright's achievements, and those of Arabic theater in general.


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