A revolutionary musical

first_img All the world’s a stage Related Inspired by Cairo Radcliffe fellow sees reflections of Arab Spring in comic art revolutioncenter_img Love. Music. Freedom. These are the universal themes at the heart of “We Live in Cairo,” a new musical by Daniel and Patrick Lazour, which is having its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater. Set during the January 25 Revolution, the 2011 uprising in Egypt, the work, under the music direction of Madeline Smith and music supervision of Michael Starobin, celebrates the hope and exuberance of the uprising, even as it acknowledges the turmoil that has followed.The brainchild of the Lazours, brothers of Lebanese descent who began writing musicals together in their early teens, “We Live in Cairo” focuses on six young people at the heart of the protests that filled that city’s Tahrir Square with music and cries of “Bread, freedom, and social justice,” ultimately bringing down the regime of President Hosni Mubarak. As the production, which is directed by Taibi Magar and choreographed by Samar Haddad King, went into its final rehearsals, the Gazette sat down with the brothers and Tarek Masoud. Masoud, who served as a consultant on the project, is the Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School  and the son of Egyptian immigrants.Masoud’s perspective is useful, say the brothers, because he provides a scholar’s frame of reference. He will speak after the 2 p.m. performance on June 1 as part of a series of post-show discussions called Act II.Daniel Lazour said that when the project began in 2013, “We were just really taken with the jubilation of 2011.” He cited the rapid growth of the uprising, which drew “a million people in Tahrir Square during the 18 days” of protest.Like those protesters, the brothers were enthralled by the possibilities of the Arab Spring, which had begun a month earlier in Tunisia. “These characters are dealing with hopes and dreams about a secular government and a government of democracy, a government where they can express themselves fully and freely,” said Patrick Lazour. In this context, he said, a musical made perfect sense. “This revolution was truly a moment for the artists of Egypt and to express themselves.”“That’s where the narrative sort of ended for our first draft,” said Daniel. “We were like, isn’t this great? As things started unfolding post-revolution, we realized that the story needed to encapsulate that as well.”,Understanding the aftermath — in which current Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has consolidated power through the military — was problematic. Although the brothers were able to workshop their musical at the American University in Cairo a year and a half ago, for example, what they heard varied greatly, depending on the age of the respondents. “Some were old enough to have been there,” recalled Patrick. Other students, who had been too young to be directly involved, were “sort of seeing it through a different lens,” he said.His brother summed up the experience: “There’s no historical record to agree upon because there isn’t a historical record that’s allowed to exist.”“There is an enormous amount of disagreement about what the January 25 Revolution really was and who owns it,” said Masoud, the co-author of “The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform.”“If you were to open up the constitution of Egypt, that is today being amended in order to allow Egypt’s current president to persist in office until 2030, you would see encomia to the January 25 Revolution — even though many people would view the current regime as being the exact opposite of what the January 25 Revolution was about.”For example, although the protesters sought the end of repressive state controls, Masoud points out, “You will see often military officers or police officers with ribbons commemorating the January 25 Revolution.“This is an event in Egypt that everybody has agreed is legitimate. But everybody uses [it] for their own ends.”,Overall, the professor praises the playwrights for their success in depicting such a complex situation. “They got all the important things right,” said Masoud, an unabashed fan of musicals. In particular, he cites “the incredible spirit of possibility that attended the revolution.”“You’ve got to remember Egypt was a place that everybody thought was totally stagnant,” he said. “So when [the revolution] did happen, our jaws just dropped. It was indescribably inspiring.”Although subsequent events have been dispiriting, with el-Sisi’s regime assuming many characteristics of Mubarak’s, Masoud credits the brothers with reviving that earlier sense of optimism. “I had gotten quite jaded about the revolution,” he recalled. “Hearing their music I have all those feelings once again. So they were able to somehow capture that spirit of possibility and make me remember it. To me, that is the most amazing thing about this play.”“And that’s what ‘We Live in Cairo’ reminds us of as well,” said Daniel Lazour. “By helping us recapture that moment of potential, it reminds us that none of that stuff went away. Those people are still around. These yearnings are universal — yearnings that got people to risk their lives and livelihoods in order to demand something better. That’s still there. That didn’t go away. And so that possibility that existed may still exist. And if you leave the theater with just that thought, I think that’s pretty remarkable.”American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, and the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School will co-present the Act II Speaker Series, discussions with leading artists, journalists, and scholars in conjunction with A.R.T.’s production of “We Live in Cairo” on topics inspired by the show. The show runs until June 23. 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Benzema wants first Pichichi Trophy on La Liga’s final day

first_imgReal Madrid striker Karim Benzema could cap an excellent end to the 2019-20 La Liga season, by sealing his first ever Pichichi Trophy. The former French international has been vital for Zinedine Zidane’s side following their return to action in June. Six La Liga goals in 10 consecutive wins have seen Los Blancos overhaul arch rivals Barcelona and secure a first league title since 2017.Advertisement Loading… Read Also: Barcelona fans rate Messi their second best player this seasonMessi has won six of the last 10 Pichichi (top scorer) Trophies in La Liga, with Cristiano Ronaldo winning three and Luis Suarez.Benzema has already matched his 2018-29 league total, with his highest ever La Liga haul coming in 2016, with 24 goals.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Benzema is now up to 21 league goals in 2019-20, two behind Lionel Messi, with one game to play. Despite being behind Messi, according to the front page of Sunday’s edition Diario AS, Benzema is confident he can challenge the Argentinian this weekend. Real Madrid head to relegation battling Leganes and Barcelona go to Alaves, with Benzema in need of another match winning performance.last_img read more

Stokes, Sibley grit helps England past 400

first_img(ESPNCricinfo) – Ben Stokes and Dom Sibley picked up where they left off on the opening day to guide England into a commanding position at the end of the second day with West Indies a wicket down and trailing on first innings by 437 runs.Having spent the best part of two days toiling hard in the field, an unchanged West Indies outfit from the one that won the first Test by four wickets in Southampton just five days ago, face a fresh English seam attack.Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran all missed the last game but came into this one for the omitted Jofra Archer and the resting Mark Wood and James Anderson. Stokes, the fourth leg, will be understandably less crisp but he won’t turn down the chance to build on his contribution with the bat.Stokes faced 356 deliveries for his 176, his longest innings by far in terms of balls faced – he faced significantly fewer balls for his highest Test score of 258. Yes, it was slow going, but not as slow as Sibley’s 372-ball 120 and Stokes produced some jolt-you-awake shots when warranted, including an indignant shove all the way over long-on off Alzarri Joseph to add to his other six off Roston Chase the previous day.Chase could hold his head high, having claimed a five-wicket haul, but his side were left with it all to do after the stubborn-ness of Stokes and Sibley.Coming in with his side 81 for 3 on the first day, Stokes’ knock was the intelligent innings England required. It also carried with it the air of a man keen to go on after falling in the 40s in both innings at the Ageas Bowl.There were also 17 fours for Stokes, including the odd reverse sweep, one of which brought up his 10th Test century. It was another, attempted, reverse off Kemar Roach which brought about his undoing, but he had done his job.The moment wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich caught Stokes was hugely significant for Roach as it broke a Test wicket drought going back to August 31, 2019, and lasting 521 deliveries, or 86.5 overs.And just as he had done in that drought with two wickets in two balls, including Virat Kohli for a golden duck in Kingston, so he came out of it in the same manner, as Woakes was caught at gully next ball for a duck.Just as the tempo of Stokes’ knock can’t be criticised in England’s circumstances, or can Sibley’s, as sedate as it was. Sibley had been at the crease as fellow opener Rory Burns, Zak Crawley and Joe Root fell, meaning it was hardly the time to change his circumspect nature.Sibley resumed yesterday tantalisingly close to his second century, not out 86 with Stokes unbeaten on 59 and England 207 for 3. The pair added 57 runs in the morning session and Sibley seemed stuck in the 90s for an age. There was even the possibility of Stokes beating him to the milestone but Sibley got there first, pushing Joseph through mid-on for three.Stokes went to lunch on 99 but brought up his ton on the third ball he faced after the break. Sibley finally holed out to Roach off Chase, ending a 260-run stand with Stokes off 568 balls, which was England’s second-longest partnership this century.Off-spinner Chase bowled 44 overs – including 28 unchanged from the over before lunch to the end of the England innings – to claim 5 for 172.The quick turnaround between Tests was telling on West Indies’ quicks, with Shannon Gabriel moving gingerly from the start of the match and spending time off the ground in the hands of the team physio. Joseph also sought treatment for a sore biceps tendon as Roach toiled long and hard for his eventual reward, and Holder carried a heavy workload too.With swing in the air, Holder delayed taking the second new ball until the 94th over, about an hour into the day’s play. But even then, there was no breakthrough until well into the second session.Sibley’s dismissal brought Ollie Pope to the crease for a short-lived stay, but Jos Buttler stuck around long enough to add 40 off 79 balls. After Curran had provided Chase’s fifth wicket, Dom Bess added an unbeaten 31 off 26 before Root had seen enough.Joseph ended up returning to the middle sooner than he would have liked – as nightwatchman – when Curran had Windies opener John Campbell out lbw for 12 late in the evening session.SCOREBOARDENGLAND 1st innings (overnight 207 for three)R. Burns lbw b Chase 15D. Sibley c Roach b Chase 120Z. Crawley c Holder b Chase 0J. Root c Holder b Joseph 23B. Stokes c wkp. Dowrich b Roach 176O. Pope lbw b Chase 7J. Buttler c Joseph b Holder 40C. Woakes c Hope b Roach 0S. Curran c Brathwaite b Chase 17D. Bess not out 31S. Broad not out 11Extras: (b-4, lb-7, w-10, nb-8) 29Total: (9 wkts decl., 162 overs) 469Fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-29, 3-81, 4-341, 5-352, 6-395), 7-395, 8-426, 9-427.Bowling: Roach 33-9-58-2 (w-1, nb-3), Gabriel 26-2-79-0 (w-5, nb-4), Joseph 23.1-5-70-1, Holder 32-10-70-1, Chase 44-3-172-5, Brathwaite 3.5-0-9-0.WEST INDIES 1st inningsK. Brathwaite not out 6J. Campbell lbw b Curran 12A. Joseph not out 14Total: (1 wkt, 14 overs) 32Fall of wicket: 1-16 (Campbell)Bowling: Broad 5-1-14-0, Woakes 4-3-2-0, Curran 3-1-8-1, Bess 2-0-8-0.Position: West Indies trail England by 437 runs with nine first-innings wickets remaining.last_img read more

Tigers back Boyd, rout Twins 8-2 in doubleheader opener

first_img WATCH US LIVE Matthew Boyd pitched six solid innings for his first victory of the season, and Victor Reyes had four hits to lift the Detroit Tigers to an 8-2 win over the Minnesota Twins in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday.It was the first quality start of the season for Boyd (1-4), who was Detroit’s opening day starter. The left-hander allowed one earned run and four hits with six strikeouts. Nelson Cruz hit a solo homer off him in the sixth, but by then the Tigers had built a comfortable lead.Detroit has won five of its last seven.The Tigers hit Minnesota starter Randy Dobnak (5-2) hard, and they could have won by more if they hadn’t grounded into four double plays in the seven-inning game.Dobnak allowed six runs and 12 hits in 4 1/3 innings.Detroit took a 1-0 lead in the second when Christin Stewart hit an RBI double off the glove of left fielder Eddie Rosario. Jorge Polanco hit a sacrifice fly for Minnesota to bring home an unearned run in the third, but Jonathan Schoop’s run-scoring single put the Tigers back ahead in the bottom half.Stewart hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth, and Austin Romine’s RBI single made it 4-1.Dobnak departed with the bases loaded in the fifth. Jorge Bonifacio then hit a two-run single off reliever Lewis Thorpe. Niko Goodrum, the second runner to score on that play, was initially called out at the plate, but a Minnesota infielder appeared to have impeded Goodrum’s path between second and third. Third base umpire Manny Gonzalez called interference, and Goodrum’s run was awarded.Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run double in the sixth for his 2,839th career hit. He’s now tied with Tigers great Charlie Gehringer for 50th on the career major league list.The series opener between these teams Thursday was called off amid athlete protests for racial justice. Then a doubleheader Friday was postponed because of the weather.TRAINER’S ROOMTwins: RHP Jake Odorizzi (bruised ribs) said he’s been able to play catch recently. He was hit by a line drive Aug. 21. “Looks like I got kicked in the chest by a horse,” he said. … Manager Rocco Baldelli said 3B Josh Donaldson (calf) could potentially be back during the team’s next homestand.UP NEXTTarik Skubal (0-1) takes the mound for Detroit against Minnesota’s Matt Wisler (0-1) in the second game of the doubleheader.Image credits: AP Last Updated: 30th August, 2020 08:21 IST Tigers Back Boyd, Rout Twins 8-2 In Doubleheader Opener Matthew Boyd pitched six solid innings for his first victory of the season, and Victor Reyes had four hits to lift the Detroit Tigers to an 8-2 win over the Minnesota Twins in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday LIVE TV FOLLOW US Written Bycenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News First Published: 30th August, 2020 08:21 IST COMMENTlast_img read more