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Wajdi Mouawadâ??s writing is powerful; a beautifully penned story that paves a path to a motherâ??s unspeakable pain. The closer Janine and Simon get to finding the source of her silence, the closer they are to uncovering a tragedy so horrific it will engulf the world they know. Continuing his quest for sense and beauty, Wajdi Mouawad has plunged into the turbulent depths of writing to discover, washed up midst the sand dunes, fiery tales lost in the mists of time. Making their way through the dunes are Nawal's twin children, Janine and Simon, who want to solve the mystery of their origins. In retracing the bitter history of their mother, other characters come into the storyâ??witnesses or key players able to assist in the investigation. Carried aloft by poetic language, the inquiry pursued by Janine and Simon unfolds in a dreamlike atmosphere that cultivates the mystery surrounding a knife thrust into the heart of childhood.
Wajdi Mouawad was born in Lebanon in 1968. Mouawad fled the war-torn country with his family; they lived in Paris for a few years, then settled in Montreal. In 1991, shortly after graduating from the National Theatre School, he embarked on a career as an actor, writer, director, and producer. In all his work, from his own playsâ??a dozen so far, including JournÃ©e de noces chez les Cromagnons (Wedding Day at the Cro-Magnonsâ??), Littoral (Tideline), and Incendies (Scorchedâ?? which served as the basis for the Academy Award nominated film Incendies)â??Wajdi Mouawad is guided by the central notion that â??all art bears witness to human existence through the prism of beauty.â?? From 2000â??2004 he was the artistic director of Montrealâ??s ThÃ©Ã¢tre de Quatâ??Sous; in 2005 he founded two companies specializing in the development of new work: AbÃ© carrÃ© cÃ© carrÃ© in Canada (with Emmanuel Schwartz), and Au carrÃ© de lâ??hypotÃ©nuse in France. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honours for his writing and directing, including the 2000 Governor Generalâ??s Literary Award for Drama (Littoral), the 2002 Chevalier de lâ??Ordre National des Arts et des Lettres (France) and the 2004 Prix de la Francophonie. He is currently Artistic Director of the National Arts Centre French Theatre.
â??This haunting work may be the best piece of theatre this country has produced this millennium.â?? â??Globe and Mail
â??Mouawad knows when to lighten the load with broad comedy, when to scent the air with poetry that lingers long afterwards, and when to use the inevitable building blocks of good dramatic structure to create a towering edifice of pain everyone must climb.â?? â??The Toronto Star