Zoukak in Teheran

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Two Heads and a Hand
Zoukak Theatre Company ​​​​​​​
16 February 2019
Teheran Dramatic Arts Center

Zoukak is traveling to Teheran to participate in the Fadjr International Theatre Festival with 2 presentations of "Two Heads and a Hand" on the 16th of February at the Dramatic Arts Center of Iran.  

Two Heads and a Hand 
(Based on texts and figures from Shakespeare’s plays)

Shakespeare’s ruthless political observations on the government made of him a major political thinker. His plays constitute a reflection on the concept of leadership and power, like any political or historical argumentation. In reading his plays, especially the histories, it is clear that political issues are at their core.

It is true that in Lebanon we’ve not had one dictator rule the country for decades, as is the case in several Arab Countries, however, we have a culture that is obsessed with certain leaders and male figures that have been in government for years. After the revolutions in the Arab world and the regimes that resulted from them and the wars that followed and continue, and within the governmental inadequacy in Lebanon, power is shifting towards multiple and unexpected coalitions, but figures of patriarchy are still moving and shaking the region, which seems to be holding on to images of ruthless authority. We are interested in asking Shakespeare’s questions today, in order to analyze and question the dominant archetypes of patriarchy in our context.

Devised and directed by: Lamia Abi Azar, Omar Abi Azar, Junaid Sarieddeen and Maya Zbib 
Performed by: Lamia Abi Azar, Junaid Sarieddine and Maya Zbib 
Assistant director: Sari Shrayteh
Scenography: Jean Francois Garraud
Graphic design: Maya Chami
Produced by: Zoukak Theatre Company
Supported by: Drosos 

This performance was first presented in 2016, with the support of the British Council and Al Madina Theater and in collaboration with Nadim Deaibes on light and scenography.