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Major theater production: “A Shell in the Heart”

May 5–15, 2011 8:30 PM
Gulbenkian Theatre, Beirut campus


Performances will take place on May 5, 6, 7, 8 and 12, 13, 14, 15, 2011 at 8:30 p.m. (Doors will be locked at 8:30 p.m. sharp.)

From texts by: Wajdi Mouawwad
Translated to Arabic by: Lina Abyad and Rachid Al Daif
Directed by: Lina Abyad

It’s almost Christmas. It’s cold and it’s dark.
Wahab, 19, receives a phone call that urgently summons him to the hospital. His mother is dying.

On the way, he is assailed by memories and confused feelings, conjured up by the imminent death of his mother who, for him, had lost her familiar face the day he turned 14. However, neither the storm nor the deafening noise of the snow removal machines was sufficient to cover up the rage and the pain of this adolescent.

Between dream and reality, memory and fiction, Wahab speaks alone and out loud. He talks to heal the pains of the civil war and his escape through forced exile, his childhood fears, and the trauma of a bloodstained assault.

Simple everyday words evoke the pain of grief, the awkwardness vis-à-vis oneself, the others and the world.

Artistic Team:
Director: Lina Abyad
Production Manager: Hala Masri
Costume Designer: Claire Meshref
Props Designer: Ghina Sibaii
Make-up Designer: Diala Osseiran
Lighting Designer: Fouad Halwani
Sound Designer: Bane Fakeeh
Poster, Program & Tickets Designer: Dounia Alexandra Nassar

Written By: Wajdi Mouawwad

Directed By: Lina Abyad

Ticket information: Tickets costing L.L. 10,000 and L.L. 15,000 are available at the Gulbenkian Theatre’s ticket booth.

Organizer: LAU’s School of Arts and Sciences – Department of Communication Arts

Contact: 00961-1-786464 / 00961-3-791314 ext. 1172

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