Major theater production: “Kafka, His Father, the Boss, the Wolf, and the Pigs”

Performances will take place on May 8, 9, 13, 14, 15 and 16, 2010 at 8:30 p.m.

From texts by: Franz Kafka
Translated to Arabic by: Lina Abyad and Rachid Al Daif
Directed by: Lina Abyad

November 10, 1919 — Franz Kafka is 36 years old.

The author, who starts to coyly become recognized, writes over two months a long letter that never reaches its addressee, namely his father, Hermann Kafka, a prosperous merchant in Prague.

All seems to separate and pit son against father, the latter being a husky, full-bodied man bursting with vitality, in contrast to his son who is withdrawn and bashful. Yet, the Letter to the Father is neither a virulent account settlement nor an indictment. Franz Kafka reaches a bitter conclusion. His father has weighed in a definitive manner on his personal tastes, his friendships and impossible marriage plans.

In the eyes of specialists, the Letter to the Father is an essential text to help understand the work of this author. In the performance we present, the Letter to the Father has served as a primary matrix to which duly responds Kafka’s drafts.

Flaubert mused, “Madame Bovary, it’s me !” From the drafts of his novels, to the Letter to the Father, Franz Kafka writes none other than his life.

Artistic team:
Director: Lina Abyad
Production Manager: Hala Masri
Light Designer: Mona Knio
Costume Designer: Claire Meshref
Props Designer: Ghina Sibaii
Make-up Designer: Diala Osseiran
Poster, Program & Tickets Designer: Dima Tannir

Ticket information: Tickets costing L.L. 10,000 and L.L. 15,000 are available at the Gulbenkian Theatre’s ticket booth.

Organizer: LAU School of Arts and Sciences – Department of Communication Arts

Contact: 00961-1-786464 / 00961-3-791314 ext. 1172