"The Devil's Pink Cloak," a reading and discussion with Palestinian playwright and scholar Mas’ud Hamdan, Apr. 23

March 22, 2019

When: Tuesday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Film Forum, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts

Free and open to the public

The Devil's Pink Cloak
A new play by Mas'ud Hamdan
Translated and directed by Rebekah Maggor
The reading will be followed by a discussion with the playwright.

The Devil’s Pink Cloak: a Hallucinatory Play in Two Acts and Thirteen Scenes, by Palestinian playwright and scholar Mas’ud Hamdan, begins in spring, during the blossoming of the almond trees, sixty years after the massacre at Deir Yassin. At the Kfar Shaul Mental Institution, housed inside the refurbished village ruins, the Israeli head doctor is as mad as his patients.

Mas’ud Hamdan is a playwright, poet, and scholar. He is professor of Arabic literature and theatre at the University of Haifa. He has published numerous articles on theatre and comparative literature, and his books include The Bitter Cup and the Holy Rain: Politics, Poetics and Protest in the Arab Theatre (Sussex Academic Press, 2006), Text, Theory, Interpretation: Theories and Texts as Psycho-cultural Prisms (Magnes, 2009), and Writing for Truth: Modern Arabic Theorizations and Creations as Critical Culture (Dar Alfarabi, 2017). He has also published a number of poetry anthologies, and written and directed several plays. Between 2000–2009 he was founding artistic director of Al-Niqab Theater in Isifya, a company that continues to draw audiences from numerous Palestinian villages in the north of Israel. His plays include The Command (2002), The Hole of the Spout (2004), Surgery (2006), Satirical Meal with Muhammad al-Maghut (2008), The Devil’s Pink Cloak (2013), The Game of the Box and the Scales (2014), and others.

This event was made possible with support from the Society for the Humanities, the Cornell Council for the Arts, an Affinito-Stewart Grant from the President’s Council of Cornell Women, the Comparative Muslim Societies Program, the Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa, the Flora Rose House, and the departments of Near Eastern Studies and Government.