Performance/Panel Discussion: “Conversation on Contemporary Beirut Theater”
Sep 14, 2015 7:00 PM
LAU New York
This event brings together a group of professors and actors from the Tahweel Ensemble Theater. The eclectic evening combines live acting, commentary, and film clips reflecting transformations in the Beirut theater scene.
The actors stage scenes from The Dictator, by Lebanese writer Issam Mahfouz. The play tells the story of a tyrant posing as humanity’s long-awaited savior, which echoes the present turmoil in the Middle East. The panel then discusses Tahweel’s productions, including Sa’dallah Wannous’s The Rape and Rituals of Signs and Transformations, as well as Watch Your Step, a piece about the Lebanese Civil War.
- Sahar Assaf, director, activist and theater professor at AUB
- Nada Saab, translator and professor of Arabic literature at LAU
- Sany Abdul Baki, classically trained actor, activist and drama instructor at LAU
- Raffi Feghali, activist, actor, sound designer and percussionist
- Robert Myers, playwright and translator whose works focus on political issues and a professor at AUB
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