‘Laugh, Think, Know': Egyptian culture ministry to screen Chekhov-inspired plays online

Ahram Online , Thursday 30 Apr 2020

The initiative will include screening of ten plays performed by Egyptian troupes and educative discussions around them and the playwright


The Egyptian Ministry of Culture will launch a new series on its YouTube channel called “Laugh, Think, Know,” according to a promo released on Thursday, which will involve the screening of ten plays inspired by short stories penned by famed Russian playwright and writer Anton Chekhov.

The theatre companies participating in the initiative include the Mowagha (“Confrontation”) troupe headed by Sameh Bassiouny and the national theatre troupe headed by Ehab Fahmy, who is also supervisor of the initiative.

The plays in the line-up will be directed by Hisham Awaat, Tamer Karam, Islam Imam, Mazen El-Gharabawy, and Sameh Bassiouny, among others.

The “Laugh, Think, Know” uploads are part of “Stay at Home: Culture Between Your Hands,” an initiative launched by the culture ministry to bring theatre, concerts and other cultural events to audiences at home given the current shutdown of theatres, cinemas and concert halls due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Dozens of videos have been uploaded so far as part of the initiative, which began in March. 

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