Abou Warde El-Santa

November 24–26 and December 1–3

Safadi Fine Arts Buildings, Beirut campus

LAU proudly presents the fall major theatre production “Abou Warde El-Santa.”

Directed by Aliya Khalidi

Texts by Alfred Faraj, Mira Al-Sidawi, and Anas Ghaibeh

Dramaturge: Hiba Sleiman

About the play

In this play, the audience immerses itself in a journey undertaken by four characters: a war photographer, a female singer, a female bookshop owner and a university professor who is also a party member. The aim is to try to recover their memories. The Lebanese civil war, naturally or else deliberately forgotten, has today, and more than ever before, assumed a sectarian and majority/minority aspect. Alfred Faraj frames it thus: “Lebanon today is just a small example, a laboratory or a practical experience of what may well happen in the region between the Atlantic Ocean and the Arabian Gulf.” A loss of memory is therefore another aspect of the loss of humanity.

Remark: This is a walk-through performance where the audience will tour the floors of the building and watch the scenes in different locations.

Artistic Team

Technical Director: Anas Ghaibeh

Scenographer: Walid Saliba

Costume Designer: Erik Ritter

Props Designer: Ghina Sibaii

Make-up Artist: Lama Saab

Lighting Designer: Line Itani

Sound Designer: Hani Saidi

All prints design: May Ghaibeh


An additional performance will take place on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 4:30 p.m.

It will also be performed from Dec. 1 to Dec. 3 at 8:30 p.m. with one additional show on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets at L.L. 15,000 available at the back entrance of Irwin Theatre Tel: 01-78 64 64 / 03-79 13 14 ext.1172. Places are limited.