New Plays Envision Hope for Humanity’s Future

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Wagdi Zeid pens new collection, ‘The Last Pharaoh and Other Plays’

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No matter when or where we live, we have pains and dreams to share

An Egyptian pharaoh challenges everything his subjects and culture hold dear, a child preacher in America might be working as God’s mouthpiece and literary minds from ancient times are enlisted to help bring hope to an apocalyptic future in “The Last Pharaoh and Other Plays” (published by iUniverse), the new collection of plays by Wagdi Zeid.

Before Akhnaton was a pharaoh of Egypt’s 18th dynasty, Egyptians lived a life of slavery under rulers who demanded abject submission. Determined to change this reality, Akhnaton assumed power and unveiled a grand vision of sweeping social reform.

Change came slowly, if at all, in ancient Egypt, and Akhnaton’s plans are met with violent hostility by the priesthood and every other powerful figure in his kingdom. Akhnaton must prove that he is a mortal just like any other man and rally the people together to create a lasting change in “The Last Pharaoh.”

“Winter Dreams” is a two-act play that could take place anywhere in small-town America. When a child preacher stirs up dormant drama and rivalries in his community, more questions than answers arise. Is he really the voice of God, or are other forces at play?

Spanning cultures and time, the plays in “The Last Pharaoh and Other Plays” will appeal to readers and performers alike as they raise important questions about the past, present and future of humanity. “No matter when or where we live, we have pains and dreams to share,” Zeid writes.

About the Author
Wagdi Zeid teaches Shakespeare and drama at UMass Lowell and earned his doctorate in theatre from the City University of New York. He taught at American University and Cairo University in his native Egypt. He was Egypt’s cultural attaché in the United States, a cultural counselor in Turkey and the director of Cairo University’s Center for Foreign Languages.

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