Pushing Back

In the years since the 9/11 attacks, Arab-American playwrights have been imbued with a sense of purpose and mission – “to counter stereotypes about Arabs and Muslims” even as America moves inexorably to wipe out extremist Islamist factions in the Mideast. The result has been a new visibility for Arab dramatists in many American cities, and an extended debate on the role of politics and culture in drama.