Abou Warde El-Santa

November 24–26 and December 1–3

Safadi Fine Arts Building, 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

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.

Note: 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.