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A current photo of Restaurant Street, which runs between Gamal ‘Abd al-Nasser St. and al-Qasr St., slightly southwest of Tahrir Square in Sana’a. Photo credit: Wajdi al-Ahdal
Articles, Short Plays, Volume 5

A Crime on Restaurant Street

A Crime on Restaurant Street
A Play by Wajdi Al-Ahdal
Translated from the Arabic by Katherine Hennessey
Arab StagesVolume 5, Number 1 (Fall 2016) 
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

Introduction to A Crime on Restaurant Street: A Contemporary Drama from Yemen

We are particularly excited and proud to include in this issue a major event in the history of modern Arabic theatre, the first Yemini play translated into English, Wajdi al-Ahdal’s A Crime on Restaurant Street, translated by Katherine Hennessey, whose work is shedding new light for Western readers on that little-known country.  Yemen, in the Southwest corner of the Arabian peninsula, was one of the earliest centers of the Islamic world but entered the modern era as a region divided between the Ottoman and British empires.  That division lasted until 1990, when the two regions were united in the modern Republic of Yemen, a Republic that has been seriously troubled by both internal and external military struggles since 2011.

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