Presented by the A.R.T.
Book, music, lyrics by Daniel Lazour and Patrick Lazour
Directed by Taibi Magar
Choreography by Samar Haddad King
Music directed by Madeline Smith
May 14 – June 23, 2019
Loeb Drama Center
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Critique by Kitty Drexel
(Cambridge, MA) There are a few things that must be established for a white audience to fully digest the A.R.T.’s production of We Live in Cairo.
- We Live in Cairo takes place in Cairo, Egypt. Cairo has a long, aggravated political history of fascism. Our own country is currently fighting a wannabe fascist dictator. Cairo’s problems are our problems.
- This is a timeline of the Arab Spring.
- The United States Census defines those of Middle Eastern or North African descent as white.
- People of Middle Eastern or North African descent living in the US do not consider themselves white. Neither do racists.
- The US inclusion of MENA in its definition of whiteness stems from slavery and the golden rule: the people who have the money make the rules.
- Fascism doesn’t go away on its own. It must be fought. Activists use the tools they have to do the work they must.