At Wajdi Mouawad’s ‘Scorched’ last night at the Wilma Theater and still realing from the play’s humanity and the brutality. This is the first full production in the US and when I tried to compliment Blanka Zizka for her commitment and courage in producing political plays she wasn’t having it. “Much harder to have had to live through these actual events.” she deftly observed. Mouawad born in 1968 in Lebanon, fled during the civil war there, with his family to France and eventually to Quebec.
‘Scorched’ is part of a trilogy of plays has been translated in a dozen languages. It has the epic scope of Greek tragedy, poetic description and solioquy to tell the story of war torn countries and lives. Its apolitical statement about our compulsions toward violence is vital theater.