How Theatremakers Get Their Work Done Under Egypt’s Dictatorship

“Playwright Rasha Abdel Monem describes the climate that has developed in recent years as ‘cold and fearful,’ given the censorship barriers and lack of funding. You’re either with the regime, she says, or you’re against it. As an artist, you’re afraid to be labeled as a ‘threat to the state,’ the same umbrella term applied to terrorists. Yet the repression has led to a competitive spirit among those artists still trying to produce work … [and] crafty theatre people are finding ways to work around the limitations of censorship.”