AUS postpones spring 2022 play

Eman Taha as Eurydice in the 2021 AUS Theatre production (PHOTO COURTESY PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAM)

By Shaikha Majid 

The play originally planned for spring 2022 will be postponed until fall 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, American University of Sharjah associate professor and Performing Arts Program Coordinator Anthony Tassa said in an interview on Feb. 10. 

The decision to postpone the event comes in light of increasing Covid cases. 

“This was most logical given that we may be losing performers to positive results regularly, but it will not negatively affect our program or work,” Tassa said. 

He added that the program is arranging a workshop presentation before spring break in March where students would play a piece based on myths and traditions of Bedouin culture in the United Arab Emirates. 

“It will be presented in a workshop format, so students can still experience the live presentation before an audience,” he said. 

Tassa said that this kind of piece would benefit students by exploring a theatre style called immersive ensemble devised culture. 

He added that using this theme could allow students to represent the UAE at the 2023 June Prague Quadrennial, the world’s largest festival theatre. 

The Performing Arts Program at AUS organizes plays every semester.