Iraq's Sunnis and Shiites Set to a Shakespearean Love Story

Thursday, May 03, 2012

What happens if you take one of the greatest love stories of all time, William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", and make a few tweaks? That's what playwright and actor Monadhil Daood did. He replaced the Montagues with Sunnis, the Capulets with Shiites, and set the play in Iraq.

His production of "Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad," opened to rave reviews in his home country and is now showing at the World Shakespeare Festival in the United Kingdom. We talk with Daood about the production and his wife, Deborah Shaw, who is also at the festival.


Monadhil Daood and Deborah Shaw

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja and Jillian Weinberger

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.