The Speaker's Progress
ArtsEmerson presents The Speaker’s Progress, a production from SABAB — a theater company comprising performers from the Middle East and beyond. The Speaker’s Progress tells the story of an ambiguous totalitarian state in which theater has been banned in all its forms. A subversive play —not unlike the one you’ll see tonight? — is discovered and inspires a movement of revolt that changes the fabric of the state’s oppressive structure forever. It debuts tonight and runs for one week only.
Sulayman Al-Bassam helms his award-winning play set in an unnamed totalitarian Arab state where theater has been banned. The plot of the play takes its inspiration from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, now transformed into a political satire about decades of Middle Eastern unrest. The production features musical compositions by Lewis Gibson.