We love life not because we are accustomed to living, but because we are accustomed to love. With this quote, director Mamoun al-Khatib summed up the saying of the dystopian play, which began its performances on the stage of Al-Hamra Theater in Damascus.
The play, based on the play by the writer Abbas Al-Hayek, dives into the worlds of moral corruption, killing ambition, fear of the future, and the lack of the lowest necessities of normal life, so that the dump becomes a virtuous city, and a refuge from the filth of the surrounding world.
The director, Al-Khatib, told SANA: The play is a free quote from the original script, which was titled The Virtuous Dump, indicating that the text was transformed to suit the Syrian situation, so that it bears the name Dystopia, which means the corrupt city, and it is an imagined city with its characters.
According to Al-Khatib, the play talks about simple Syrians and their lives, and how their situation was transformed before and after the terrorist war and its effects on them, indicating that the text is similar to the Syrian case and the improvisations that were worked on with the actors and events, in addition to that the language of the text was transferred from classical to colloquial in order to bring the characters closer and their goal.
The work brought together veteran artists and young recent graduates of the Institute of Performing Arts with the aim of supporting the recent graduates.
The work stars Rana Jamoul, Ghassan Al-Dis, Ibrahim Issa, Rami Khalo, and Ibrahim Adbeh.
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