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Major Theatre Production “Mathhab

December 13–16, 2012
Gulbenkian Theatre, Beirut campus


Mathhab is a tragicomedy based on 1977 Tom Stoppard’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, with music by composer André Previn. It is translated, adapted and directed by Lina Khoury.

The performance will take place from December 6th to 9th and from 13th to 16th at 8.30 p.m.

The play concerns a dissident, who is imprisoned in a mental hospital, from which she will not be released until she admits that her statements against the government were caused by a non-existent mental disorder. In the hospital she shares a cell with a genuine mental patient, who believes to have an orchestra under her command.

Integrated into the action, the orchestra underscores the frightening rigidity of totalitarian bureaucracy swiftly crushing the feeblest gestures of individuality in anyone who dares to play out of tune.

The play is adapted by Lina Khoury to take place in any part of the Arab world and in every society that forbids and punishes any kind of freedom or individuality. The play tackles themes like political, artistic and gender oppression.


Artistic Team:

Director: Lina Khoury
Music Director: Oussama El Khatib
Production Manager: Hala Masri
Set Designer: Georges Asmar
Costume Designer: Suzi Shamaa
Make-up Designer: Mazen Saadeddine
Lighting Designer: Elie Kamal
Poster, Program & all Print Design:  May Ghaibeh



Ticket information: Tickets at L.L. 10,000 - L.L. 15,000 available at Gulbenkian Ticket Booth.

Contact: 01 - 78 64 64 / 03 - 79 13 14 ext: 1172

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