5:05pm – 6:15pm
Sahar Assaf – Al Khandaq (Lebanon, 2011)
65 minutes | Segal Theatre
Arabic with English subtitles
Over 4 days in May 2014, audience members took the bus from American University of Beirut for an architectural walking tour in Khandaq Al Ghamiq, which is a 5-minute walking distance from renovated downtown Beirut. Upon arrival, two guides met them at the entrance and divided them into groups of 15. As the groups set off to explore the diversity of this ancient and forgotten metropolis, the guides warned them, “When you’re stepping back in history, watch your step!”
Sahar Assaf is an actor, director, and an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the American University of Beirut. She recently co-translated, co-directed and starred in Shakespeare’s King Lear at Al Madina Theater in Beirut, the first production of Shakespeare in colloquial Lebanese. Recent credits as a director include Ab: Beit Byout (an adaption of Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County), Wannous’s The Rape and Rituals of Signs and Transformations, and Issam Mahfouz’s The Dictator. Sahar Assaf recently actied in Dario Fo and Franca Rame’s An Arab Woman Speaks produced by The Faction at New Diorama Theater in London and in Ab: Beit Byout, Babel Theatre, Beirut. Sahar is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab.