American University of Beirut

Staged Readings

​​Death and the King's Horseman


In September 2018, a staged reading of Death and the King's Horseman was produced by the Theater Initiative, ​with performances from members of the African Club at AUB. The reading followed Nigerian Nobel Prize-winner, and author of the play, Wole Soyinka's lecture, "Oh-Oh, Fables Sweeter than Facts: History, Culture, and Revisionism." 

The lecture touched on "the negative side of revisionism" and the act of erasing the evidence of certain cultures and their productivities.The play staged after the talk is based ​on a historical  incident where the ritual suicide of a Yoruba king's horseman was su​ppressed by British colonial ​forces in Nigeria because it was deemed barbaric​ and unacceptable. 

After Darwin​


After Darwin by Timberlake Wertenbaker is a play-within-a-play where two actors, a director, and a playwright rehearse a historical drama written around Charles Darwin, Captain Robert Fitz​Roy, and the Beagle expedition that provided the basis for On the Origin of Species (1859). Darwin's legacy is explored through the characters whose narratives unfold amid rehearsals. 

In September 2016, a staged reading of Wertenbaker's play opened for the international conference, “Darwin, AUB and the Arab World," that examined the intersections of scientific thought and Arab culture via AUB as a leading educational institution in the Middle East. The conference was one of many events held in 2016 to celebrate the 150th year of AUB's foundation. The reading was co-sponsored by the Alwaleed Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR), the Department of English, and the Theater Initiative. It was directed by Sahar Assaf with Robert Myers, Rami Saidi, Nadia Hassan, and Jonathan Moorkaar as readers.​​​​


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