BEIRUT: Tens flocked to Al Madina Theater, on the evening of January 11 to watch "And I’m a Tree,” a play directed by Shady Al Haber and Maya Sebaali.
The play featured 8 personal stories performed by actors and actresses who reflect back on the hardships and obstacles they faced in their lives. They examine their struggles, how they overcame difficulties, and how most of the problems they faced as adults stemmed from their unresolved childhood problems.
The play aimed to make the audience reflect on their hidden childhood traumas and link their present actions to previous incidents and unresolved traumas.
The directors explained that the play's message is that "your roots may have an influence over you, but staying as tough as a tree from the inside is the key to survival."
The play kick starts with an actress verbally fighting with her “fears.”
She blames her parents for her constant fear of failure, of taking risks, and of leaping and grabbing opportunities that life throws in her way.
“Take care,” her mother always warned her. “It’s safer to be a coward than a risk taker."
The actress screamed at the audience: “I want to get rid of my paralyzing fear, but I can’t get rid of my parent’s voices in my head.”
Another actor describes his inability to get too close to anyone and expressed the guilt he felt over breaking his ex-girlfriend’s heart, the girl who loved him more than he will ever allow himself to love anyone back.
“I lost my father as a child,” he said. “I can’t bear to get too attached to anyone anymore.”
One actor performed a tear jerking performance of what it feels like to lose one’s mother.
“I constantly feel like I’m missing something. It feels like hunger, like thirst, but it’s simply the pressing need for your mother’s presence in your life,” he said.
Another actor told the audience the story of his childhood dream.
“I wanted to become an actor, but my father killed this dream. I moved on in my life, I traveled the world, I got married, and I bought a house. However, I was never happy, for I wasn’t doing the one thing I truly love,” he said.
The play explored other themes that are often deemed as taboos, such as the concept of virginity and homosexuality.
The play is the 8th performance for the group “Homemade Theater,” which also offers a variety of theater workshops for both professionals and beginners.
Communications and Media Relation Coordinator Chris Ghafary, told Annahar that Homemade Theater’s aim is to “produce plays that connect the Lebanese despite their many differences.”
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