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Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad

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September 23 to October 15, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Expats Theatre presents the live stage production of Scorched (original French title Incendies) by Lebanese-Canadian playwright Wajdi Mouawad. It opens Saturday, September 23rd at 7:30 pm and closes October 15th at Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lab 2, 1333 H St NE in Washington, DC. Scorched is directed by Karin Rosnizeck, underscored by a newly composed, partially improvised live soundtrack by musician/composer Tina Chancey and includes movement work by Natasha Mirny. Many of the musical and movement elements were developed during a week-long artist residency (July 17-21, 2023) at Kennedy Center REACH offered to Expats Theatre as part of the Kennedy Center’s social impact program initiative.

Scorched combines a heightened poetic style, rich in allegory and symbolism with elements of Greek tragedy and mythology, ancient folktale and contemporary realism, interweaving narratives from the past (civil war in an unnamed Middle Eastern country) and present (contemporary Montreal, Québec). Like in many of his works, Mouawad explores the impact of war and violence, broken family bonds and intergenerational trauma, the experience of exile and displacement, the psychology of revenge, the force of love and redemption.


Special offer for $25 tickets with code EMBASSY25 at checkout.


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