Ophelia Is Not Dead at 47

An Interview with Nabyl Lahlou

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Khalid Amine is Professor of Performance Studies at Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Tetouan, Morocco, and founding president (since 2006) of the International Centre for Performance Studies (ICPS) in Tangier. In 2007 he won the International Federation for Theatre Research’s Helsinki Prize. Author of four books and numerous articles, he co-wrote (with Marvin Carlson) The Theatres of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia: Performance Traditions of the Maghreb (Palgrave, 2012). His translation of Lahlou’s Ophelia Is Not Dead appears in Four Arab Hamlet Plays (New York: Martin Segal Theatre Center, 2015).

Nabyl Lahlou (b. 1945) was born in Fes, Morocco. He has been heralded as a revolutionary of Moroccan theatre since the premiere of his play Ophélie n’est pas morte (Ophelia Is Not Dead) in 1970. Lahlou has written and directed more than fifteen plays and has written, directed, produced or starred in nine films.