True to our commitment to outreach, the interdisciplinary nature of our work, and the richness of our shifting faculty's interests, performance has been an important part of CASAR's programming since early on. Whether through musical workshops, concerts, fully-produced theatre performances, or staged readings, our traditional scholarly work is regularly complemented with artistic performances. These performances are presented to enrich the pursuit of American Studies at AUB, to include the larger community of Lebanon, and to connect the center with the rest of the world as professors have traveled overseas with their performances. Below are only a few highlights of our center's theatrical performances, which are sure to multiply as CASAR embarks on a new collaborative relationship with The Theater Initiative at AUB, the PhD Program in Theatre and Performance at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, and the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, which was formalized in 2018 through a collective memorandum of understanding.
Blood Wedding, a play produced as part of the international conference Latin America, al-Andalus, and the Arab World
For more about this performance, visit our page on Blood Wedding.
Unmanned performed at one of CASAR's biennial international conferences
Robert Myers, AUB Professor of English and director of CASAR performed his play, Unmanned, at one of our biennial international conferences in 2013. This play has also been shown throughout the US. In 2012 it was presented at the International US Studies Center at the Univerity of Illinois, at the Blank Theater in Hollywood, CA, at The New Group in New York City, and at Silk Road Rising in Chicago. In 2015 it was presented at the Carnegie-Mellon Center for Humanities, and at the Metta Theater in Santa Fe. It was also adapted as a radio-play entitled "Drone Pilots" for radio BBC's Radio4. Below you will find a recording of the BBC radio adaptation and a video of the performance in Santa Fe.
Mesopotamia, a play about Gertrude Bell, presented as staged reading with exhibition at Yale University
In December of 2011, CASAR provided funding for a staged reading of Robert Myers' play about famed British Arabist, Gertrude Bell, as well as an accompanying exhibition, “Gertrude Bell in Mesopotamia: Archaeologist,
Arabist, Diplomat, Spy.” The performance, directed by Evan Yionoulis, was performed twice and starred the celebrated American stage actress Kathleen Chalfant as Gertrude Bell. The exhibition was curated by Myers and remained on view at the Whitney Humanities Center for three months. For more about the play and its production at Yale University, click here.