Two families victims of war struggle to live together in one apartment. To protest against the growing tension, son of proprietor, Willy Protagoras strategically locks himself in the only bathroom of the flat. Residents and officials living in the building meddle, coveting the Protagoras property that is the only one to have a sea-view. Social and personal issues flare as Willy subjects everyone to a tragi-comic confinement, to which many of us might relate today.
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Celebrating theatre from the Arab World in 2021
This special project is based on the first published 1994 play entitled Willy Protagoras enfermé dans les toilettes by Wajdi Mouawad, award-winning playwright and director of the national Théâtre de la Colline in Paris.
Online in 2020-2021, the Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi theatre programme focuses on theatre related to the Arab world, celebrating esteemed authors with origins in the MENA. Starting with Lebanese-Canadian Mouawad, SUAD students have created a first English translation of his play and adapted it for a 2021 video launch as part of their final project for the academic year.
The project is an original creation led by SUAD students: Haleema Farahani, Meriem Bouimout and Kaouther Zammazi, inviting SUAD alumnus Qais Shamseddin. The project features personal photographs from cast and crew as background visuals for Zoom-ed scenes, depicting the drama set in Lebanon. The virtual play also stars talented actors from the U.A.E community and abroad, comprising a culturally diverse, international cast that is able to come together by teleconferencing from 5 different countries/cities.
An homage to history, architecture & preservation
Protagoras Confined video project visuals feature prominently iconic architecture of Beirut. In Acts I and V, Beit Beirut façade seen from Sodeco Square is used as the backdrop for the action.
Cast & crew