It’s the people’s mirror to the world where they share their daily life happenings of good times and bad times of their world on its sacred stage.
Playing the role of the teacher in a very entertaining way without feeling the seriousness of being in a class room.
Tripoli and the North have a long history in the world of theater in various schools as well as a one man play (El-Hakawati Theater), Puppets Play and Shadow Play, all the way down to the days of modern theater, starting with the intellectual, El-Sheikh Ibrahim El-Ahdab, the author of more than 20 novels since 1826, let’s not forget, the son of El-Mina, Mikhail Dibo, whose theater performances started in 1842, moving to the nineteenth century when El-Frères School theater became very famous for being very active and productive.
During the twentieth century, Tripoli and the North gave birth to hundreds of writers, directors and playwrights. Here are some of the names: Johnny Katflice – Farah Anton – Mohammed Saeed El-Hindi – Jalal El-Din El-Rifai – Burhan Yassin – Saadi El-Houlou – Fouad El-Adhami – Farouk El-Ahdab – Yousef El-Naimi.
During that era, many theater groups were formed by Nizar Mikati – Rafik El-Rifai and Abdullah El-Husseini who performed at Al-Birokeh Theater and created an atmosphere of exchanging experiences and shared the stage with other actors under the guidance of the great artist, Youssef Wihbeh that led to performances all over Lebanon and the Arab world,
They also had a big share of work on the small screen under the supervision of the sons of Zaghrata, Antoine Rimey and Jacob Shidrawi and the son of El-Koura, Bassim Nassr.
During that period of time, they witnessed the birth of film making in Lebanon, with the son of Tripoli, George Nassr alongside the children’s theater with Remy Bendaly and others.
We feel that it’s the duty of The House of Art (Beit El-Fann) administration to preserve this legacy and develop and encourage playwrights and contribute to the production of plays and theatrical work.