American University of Iraq-Sulaimani Shakespeare Company

Shakespeare Iraq

Performing in the 2012 Green Show Tuesday, July 3, Thursday, July 5, Saturday, July 7, and Sunday, July 8.

This is their first season in the OSF Green Show.

A daring troupe of student Shakespeareans from Iraq!

AUIS Shakespeare Company is a group of actors who, last spring, performed an English-language production of Shakespeare in a public Iraqi theater.

AUIS Shakespeare Company on Community: Shakespeare Iraq is a group of students from the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. They are a mix of North and South, Sunni and Shia, Arab and Kurd - representing extremely different communities in an astoundingly diverse nation.

Southern Iraq is largely Arab-inhabited and controlled. The North is the same for the Kurds. The two groups have a bitter history of enmity, and a tense present in a country that still strives for peace and stability.

Last year, Shakespeare Iraq mounted the first English language Shakespeare production in the country's history. It was performed by Arabs and Kurds in a public theater and received a standing ovation. Soon afterwards, an OSF subscriber heard a radio interview with the director, made a phone call, and the dream of this performance was born.