Major Theatre Production: Can’t Pay! Won’t Pay!

Irwin Theatre, Beirut campus

Written by Dario FO

Adapted and directed by Lina Abyad

About the play

Inflation has reached an all-time high. Frustration breaks the tension as Antoinette leads a revolt at the local supermarket, and looting guts the building. Antoinette, and her friend, Rita, try desperately to hide their ‘liberated’ goods before their husbands and the police catch up with them.

Beneath the surface of this energetic social farce, Dario FO addresses serious issues which are extremely relevant to the Lebanese audience. In a world which believes that eating and housing are not a privilege, more and more individuals in Lebanon are not able to afford decent food and housing. The job shortage and the low wages are really pushing people to immigrate.

Dario FO is an Italian actor– playwright, comedian, singer, theatre director, stage designer, songwriter, painter and the recipient of the 1997 Noble prize in Literature.


Darine Chamseddine
Hiba Sleiman
Bassel Madi
Sany Abdel Baki
Yassine Abboud
Alaa Itani
Artistic Team
Set Designer: Hana Fakhoury
Costume Designer: Ghina Sibaii
Lighting Designer: Omar Moujaes 
All prints design: Noura Andrea Nassar 
In collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, “Can’t Pay! Won’t Pay!” will be replayed in April in AZM Theatre (Tripoli) and Al-Hamra Theatre (Nabatieh). 
Tickets at L.L. 10,000 - L.L. 15,000 available at Gulbenkian Ticket Booth
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