Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881
The Other and Identity in the Musical Theater of Fairouz and the Rabhani Brothers
Thu, October 18, 2007 • 5:00 PM • Texas Union, Sinclair Suite
Fairouz and her Rahbani collaborators are often depicted as the authors of a discourse of Lebanese national inclusion in a country with a history of sectarian violence. Such representation of their role as icons of Lebanese unity lends itself to statements like "There was a civil war in Lebanon despite the best efforts of Fairouz and the Rahbani Brothers." The Rahbanis musical theatrical works themselves, on the other hand, tell a different story. This talk examines the treatment of the Other and issues of identity in one of the Rahbani Brothers most famous and widely seen musical theatrical productions: The Ring Seller, the tale of a village threatened by an imaginary outsider. When the outsider turns out to be real, however, things get interesting.