The theatrical performance “I am Claudius” written and directed by the writer Daoud Abu Shakra, which was hosted on the stage of the Culture Palace in As-Suwayda city this evening, carries multiple readings that simulate life, social and humanitarian issues.
The show, presented by the Culture Directorate’s troupe in cooperation with the Suwayda National Theater within the celebration of the Syrian Culture Days, tells about a person who suffers from hallucinations and obsessions due to the complexities of life and age and is haunted by a series of nightmares throughout the show. again.
Abu Shakra explained that the work belongs to the modern theater in all its forms in terms of narrative, artistic and theatrical construction, directing and restoration, building with retrograde memory and foreseeing the future by restoring the story of the Roman Emperor Claudius and projecting it onto the current reality in which major powers seek to control the capabilities of peoples and human destinies.
With regard to directing, there was, as Abu Shakra explained, a new way of dealing with theatrical performance and with the actor and employing the language of music, apart from body language, suggestion, gesture and silence sometimes with the dependence of the conditional decoration that plays its role without any lengthening.
The artist Maan Doueir, who played the main character in the show, pointed out that the text carries privacy and addresses fundamental values, morals and societal ideas and tells about conflicts within the human psyche, explaining that the work, in terms of drama and direction, was built on the basis of the melodrama of a single actor with an attempt to break its walls and turn it into a situation group without prejudice to the text.
For his part, Director of Culture Basil Al-Hanawi said that the show is held within the Syrian Culture Days, with the support of the Directorate of Theaters and Music in the Ministry of Culture, and reflects human suffering, concerns and struggles in general.
A number of attendees expressed their enjoyment of the theatrical performance in which they sensed a new way of directing, considering that its text reflects many issues and issues that mimic reality and concerns that are repeated in more than one time.
The show will be starring alongside the artist Maan Dwaier, including Mustafa Hammad, Dareen Azzam, Murhaf Saab and Hedayat Al-Basit, while the cadre of the decoration and scenography includes Fouad Naim, Hedaya Al-Basit's clothes, lighting by Faisal Hatoum, effects and voice of Raad Al-Sehnawy and assistant director Ossama Al-Barouki.