Hamlet a Muslim Prince in Post 9/11 Adaptation by Bosnian Playwright

September 15, 2005

Source: Reuters


On September 15, 2005 Reuters reported, "Hamlet has become a Muslim prince at the Ottoman court in an adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy which its Bosnian director says reflects the world after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. In possibly the biggest theater co-production the war-torn Balkans region has seen in some 20 years, Haris Pasovic is seeking to put 'Hamlet' into a 21st Century setting. 'One of the most important issues of the 21st century is the world's increased understanding of the Muslim issue following the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York,' Pasovic, himself a Bosnian Muslim, told Reuters in an interview this week. 'I think the Muslim world today is facing the question: "To be or not to be?", and I don't mean metaphysically,' he said before the show's premiere late on Wednesday in Sarajevo. Sarajevo-born Pasovic was among the most prominent theater directors in the then-Socialist Yugoslavia, living and working in Belgrade before Bosnia's 1992-95 war."