Although Lebanese theater passed through some crisis due to several factors, we still have amazing talented people working hard that deserve encouragement.
The establishment of a five-year plan with a $180 million investment in Lebanon’s cultural growth was announced by the Ministry of Culture in December of last year. The plan aims to safeguard cultural historical monuments like the Piccadilly Theatre and Beit Beirut while also building new theaters, libraries, and museums.
In Beirut, there are many theaters, and in the fall, winter, and spring, they all present a diverse range of theater plays that you can enjoy during this season. Some theaters with lovely musical productions and a wide range of other diverse skills are Monnot, Al Madina, and Metro El Madina.
Here are 11 Lebanese theater plays that you can enjoy during this winter:
1) STRANGE ADVENTURES OF VICTORIA
The biographical play The Strange Adventures of Victoria is having its world premiere at Metro Al Madina. It takes the audience back to the 1970s.
In the play, a lady battles with her gender at a time when everyone around her appears to be concerned with the condition of her private parts.
The play is incontestably a good representation of trans-phobia and the struggle of the trans-community in Lebanon.
3) FREEZER – SUNFLOWER THEATER
It’s a heart-touching story of a married couple with two children who reside overseas. In order to send the kids little plates, the mother continues to prepare food and fill the FREEZER. Sadly, the FREEZER malfunctions. And many other things came along with it.
4) ABOU EL GHADAB – GEMMAYZEH THEATER
In this play, Joe Kodeih is back, after a lengthy absence, with this one-man performance, Abou el Ghadab, which is also a reflection of the past 43 years in Lebanon and everything we loved about them.
5) AL BEYT – MONNOT THEATER
This is a realistic play about a brother and his two sisters in their thirties who have recently lost their mother and who approach the problem of keeping connections to the past, the family’s complex history of memory and loss, and the ongoing sense of guilt that some feel in relation to their desire for freedom and individuality in different ways.
6) BAYT BYOOT – AL MADINA THEATER
In Bayt Byoot, Mohammad Itani examines the stigma associated with mental illness, the reality of patients who suffer from it in our society, as well as other societal issues like child abuse, child marriage, suicide, and bullying.
7) ELLA EZA – CHATEAU TRIANON
Black comedy written by renowned author Georges Khabbaz, this play narrates the tale of residents of various nations and beliefs residing in an unsafe structure.
8) MJADRA HAMRA – TEATRO VERDUN
Mariam, Souad, and Fotom, three ladies from Nabatieh, South Lebanon, are the subject of this play. They are from the suburbs of Beirut, so they share their experiences with marriage, divorce, children, cuisine, and alienation.
9) HAKEH RJEL – AL MADINA THEATER
Lina Khoury comes back to explore the world of males and to unveil their secrets, desires, ideas, pain, and anxieties after ten years after Hakeh neswen (The Vagina Monologues).
10) TORRA NA2CHEH – SUNFLOWER THEATER
Like a game of “Heads or Tails.”, it’s a game of “Girl or Boy – Boy or Girl”. It’s the game of a social comedy that tells the story of humanity since the first Man and Woman, especially in light of current social trends.
11) CHOKHTA CHOKHTEN – IESAV THEATER
This drama depicts the story of Mada, a liberated and self-reliant lady in her mid-thirties. She chooses to have her first child after being married to the man of her dreams.
Consequently, this choice sets Mada out on a journey, leading her to feel frustrated, guilty about not being able to conceive, undergoing painful treatments, and dealing with the growing distance between her and her husband.
The character Mada is played by Patricia Nammour.
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