Pinocchio - بينوكيو

Pinocchio is the story of a boy born to his father - a Failed Suicide, and his mother -  War. Growing up in the rubble of a city destroying itself while thinking it’s reconstructing itself, Pinocchio is the story of a boy, told through friends he meets. Friends who thought it was their mistake to exist, who thought they were the Big Lie, until the moment they found out that under the rubbles, where they thought their heart was, their mother had left a corpse with no beating heart. Where is the hero who saved the city? Where are the homes that will keep us home? Where is the sweetness of Arak, and the bitterness of thyme that will bring back the lost son? Where are the sons and daughters who promised reconstruction, revolution, but also peace, and serenity? Nothing happened here… nothing happened here… nothing happens in this play; and there is nothing to see. 

Dates of Presentation: March 29, March 30, and March 31, April 5, April 6, and April 7, 2024 



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Conceived and produced by Zoukak Theatre 


Directed by Omar Abi Azar 


Trainers and devising coaches: 

Lamia Abi Azar 

Omar Abi Azar 

Mohamad Hamdan 

Junaid Sarieddine 

Maya Zbib 


Devising and performing team:

Abbass Sabbah

Abi Carroll

Ali Al Samra

Amani Hamdan

Aya Abi Haidar

Fatima Meroueh

Hassan Aqqoul

Jana Mghames

Marie Therese Ghosn

Romario Akiki 

Salma Alftaih Alcheikh

Sandra Abdelbaki

Wissam el Khechen

Yara ِAl Khoury

Yassin Al Boukhari

Zainab Meroueh


Technical Director and Light Designer: Antonella Rizk 

Assistant Director and Stage Manager: Jana Bou Matar

Sound Designer: Ziad Moukarzel

Poster Designer: Maya Chami


Zoukak executive and communication team 

Executive Manager: Karma Baalbaki

Programs Officer: Jana Bou Matar

Production and Operations Manager: Ghiwa Haiby 

Communication Officer: Sandra Abdelbaki 

Venue Officer:  Sarjoun Sarieddine

Admin and Finance Officer: Jean Himo


Zoukak Technical Team

Logistician: Hussein Al Hammoud - Ezzo  

Technical Director: Antonella Rizk

Technical Officer: Taher Salloum


*With the support of: Drosos Foundation and Beryt. The BERYT project is implemented by UN-Habitat through funding from the Lebanon Financing Facility (LFF) that is administered by the World Bank (WB). The Cultural and Creative Industries component is implemented by UNESCO Beirut.