theater, artistic practice, & civic life in algeria

dr. jane e. goodman

El Moudja remained active throughout Algeria's "dark decade" of the 1990s, when civil strife between the military and various insurgent groups resulted in some 200,000 deaths. The troupe staged the play "Adrift" in response to the events.


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This political cartoon speaks to the way theater was seen by some radical Islamist groups during the 1990s.



One of El Moudja's actors was brutally killed by her brother, who poured gas on her and set her on fire in part because of her theatrical activities.

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One of El Moudja's actors was brutally killed by her brother, who poured gas on her and set her on fire in part because of her theatrical activities.