Join a video screening (asynchronous) and Zoom discussion (synchronous) on of the Algerian play Apples (Abdelkader Alloula, 1991), as performed in English by the Algerian theater troupe Istijmam Culturelle at Indiana University in 2016. This gritty, intimate production, full of dark humor and barbed observation, bears witness to Algeria’s shadowed past and confronts the complex destiny of the present day. The realities of living under Algeria’s authoritarian regime following the country’s failed transition to democracy resonate with both the aftermath of the Arab Spring in Algeria and the present situation in the United States.
Discussion (Wed October 7, 5 pm) will be facilitated by Dr. Jane Goodman (IU Anthropology), who accompanied the troupe on their US tour and has a forthcoming book about the experience (Staging Cultural Encounters: Algerian Actors Tour the United States, Indiana University Press, 2020).
View the play before the discussion