the marechal of abediyeh
If you just utter the name ‘Marechal’ in Abediyeh village, hundreds of stories and deep memories will burst from those who have known this figure.
‘Youssef Al Andari’ is the real name of the man, on whose head, a stone fell one day and transformed him into ‘the Marechal’ in his own eyes, and into the 'madman of the village’ in the eyes of the inhabitants. The Marechal lived through the period that spread between the French colonialism and the beginning of the civil war, and died in 1970. Within this period he changed his confessional identity several times in accordance with what the political balance systems imposed at each given instance. His political and philosophical positions and his legacy of stories and events constitute a rich text that shows the dialectics of his relationship to his community, and more importantly, it opens up many questions about what’s socially natural and acceptable and what isn’t.
The Mareshal theatre encounter, aimed at reconstructing the character of the Marechal through various theatrical techniques and in collaboration with the people in the village. This encounter excavated the stories of the Marechal and his surroundings drawing his historical and geographical trail through the narrated events.
Director: Hashem Adnan
Performers: Maya Zbib, Omar Abi Azar, Lamia Abi Azar, Junaid Sariedeen, Danya Hammoud and Hashem Adnan.
Producer: Lamia Abi Azar
A Zoukak production, funded by Alebadiyeh municipality
Performed in Abediyieh, Mount Lebanon in August 2011