MENA is thrilled to be partnering with Northwestern’s Center for the Writing Arts in hosting the Moroccan playwright, novelist, journalist, editor, and scholar Driss Ksikes as a Visiting Writer-in-Residence for the Spring Quarter 2017. 
Across a range of fields, Ksikes has made major contributions to the artistic, political, and intellectual life of Morocco and the Arab world more generally. In addition to teaching a class on North African Literature in the Age of Social Media, Ksikes is involved with an exciting array of programs during his sojourn at Northwestern.
Come to see The Match in Chicago and/or on campus!
Tuesday, May 30 at 7:30 PM

The Match, Full Staged Reading (
Directed and Produced by Kathryn Walsh)
Silk Road Rising, Chicago Temple (77 West Washington, Chicago)
Tickets are $10. You can purchase them online or by calling the Silk Road Rising box office at 312-857-1234.
Wednesday, May 31 at 7:30 PM

The Match, Full Staged Reading (
Directed and Produced by Kathryn Walsh)
Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater, Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, Northwestern (70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston)
No tickets required. Free and open to the public.
About the Play

Written by Driss Ksikes
Directed and Produced by Kathryn Walsh

The Match is a contemporary re-writing of the Oedipus complex. It is about solitude, revolution and soccer. In the play, Moussa is a disillusioned ex-trade unionist about to leave prison. His son Ali spends all of his time on the internet. A battle of words and silence takes place, while the national soccer team plays a historic match.

Driss Ksikes is a playwright, novelist, journalist, magazine editor, and public intellectual. Across a range of fields, he has made major contributions to the artistic, political, and intellectual life of Morocco and the Arab world more generally. We are pleased to be hosting him, along with Northwestern's 
Center for the Writing Arts, as a Visiting Writer-in-Residence for the Spring 2017 Quarter.

He is Director of CESEM (Centre d’Etudes SocialesEconomiques et Managériales) in Rabat, the editor in chief of Economia, and the author of numerous plays and novels. His 2014 book Le métier d’intellectuel: dialogues avec quinze penseurs duMaroc (The intellectual profession: interviews with fifteen Moroccan thinkers) won the 2015 Prix Grand Atlas, Morocco’s biggest book prize. 

Kathryn Walsh is a Chicago-based theatre director and text coach. She is the Directing Program Mentor at Northwestern, where she teaches Text Analysis to the MFA Directors and Designers. She specializes in Shakespeare. Her directing credits include: Thomas Middleton's Women Beware Women, Shakespeare's Richard II, As You Like It (Two Pence Theatre Co).


Writers in Residence

Spring Quarter 2017 Visiting-Writer-in-Residence DRISS KSIKES

The Center for the Writing Arts is honored to have Driss Ksikes as the first Visiting-Writer-in-Residence in the ART OF PLAYWRITING.  

Driss Ksikes is professor at HEM Business School (Morocco) of media, culture and creative writing..Previously editor of TelQuel, he is since 2007 managing Director of the CESEM (HEM Business School’s research center) and editor of Economia, its main electronic review journal. Literary critic, he is playwright, novelist and essay writer, co-author of “Le métier d’intellectuel” (Presses de l’Université Citoyenne, Ed. En toutes lettres, 2014), for which he has been awarded Grand Atlas Prize in 2015. His theatre writings comprise Pas de mémoire, mémoire de pas (1998), Le saint des incertains (2000), Il (2008), 180 degrés (2010), N'enterrez pas trop vite Big Brother (2013). He was selected by National Studio Theatre in London in 2012 among six best african playwrights, and nominated in 2014 as the best francophone playwright. Culturally active, he is the co-founder of Averroes encounters in Rabat since 2009 and initiator of citizen theatrical experiences.