Iraqis aim to launch playwright association to promote the arts

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A number of Iraqi playwrights have launched an initiative to form the “Iraqi Association of playwrights,” the prepatory commission announced this week.

The association will attempt to “convey the moral message of theatre,” the committee said in a released statement.

“In a time when it is difficult to see love and tolerance, theater’s artists are trying to spread all around the globe and find new patterns and styles to convey the moral message of the theater.”

Writer and poet Karim Shghydl told Al Arabiya: “As a group of playwrights in Iraq, we found that there is an artistic, intellectual and organizational necessity to form an association gathering scattered playwrights, hoping that it will expand to larger areas and become an Arab or international association to communicate and promote the art of dramatic writing.”

The president of the preparatory committee added: “We agreed that our motto should be ‘let the man live in our texts, and let the stage embrace the whole story.”

Karim Shghydl will act as the president of the committee, Ammar Nehme as the vice-president, Mithal Ghazi, Ali Zaidi, Qasim Fenjan, Abdul Hussain Mahoud, and Shaker Abdel Azim as its members.

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