Three Eritrean Plays
The three plays in this collection – A Village Dream by Mesgun Zerai, Aster by Esaias Tseggai and The Snare by Solomon Drar – have been published with the…intention of providing outstanding short plays by some of Eritrea’s best known playwrights, in English, for…Eritrean schools…[and for] non-Tigrinya speakers…to encounter Eritrean theatre…. The writers…all became involved in theater during the Eritrean liberation struggle. It has been the primary formative experience of their lives, and all three plays emanate from the war, even though not all are about it…. In 1991, Eritrean finally won her freedom…. Many amateur theatre groups now exist and young people are eager for training in the arts. This collection of plays hopes to make a small contribution to such development.
ISBN 9789994800469 | 64 pages | 216 x 140 mm | 2008 | Hdri Publishers, Eritrea | Paperback
"Three Eritrean Plays meets the traditional expectations of good drama with strong plots, engaging characters, incisive language and inventive settings, yet with telltale characteristics of the Eritrean life experience. Fanciful in A Village Dream, brutal in The Snare, and intensely romantic in Aster, these plays by three of Eritrea's greatest contemporary writers - Mesgun Zerai, Esaias Tseggai, and Solomon Drar - emerge from a culture that, facing defeat in the middle of its 30-year war for independence, made a conscious, strategic decision: develop your drama and all of your arts, and you will gain not only your nation but your soul."
- Charles Cantalupo, Professor of English, Comparative Literature and African Studies Penn State University
"Given the dearth of fiction (and drama and poetry) from this region available in English, Three Eritrean Plays at least offers a welcome glimpse of the creative output and potential there, and all three works certainly rise above the merely amateur."
- The Complete Review