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Flanked by 21 members of the city's performing arts community, actor-director and theater founder Nidal Ashkar Wednesday evening unveiled a special program with which the Hamra institution will mark its second decade.After the play, vocalist Rima Khcheich will take the stage for a concert."Maesati," a new play for puppets directed by Issam Bou Khaled, will make its Beirut debut on Oct. 15 . The theater piece will be followed by a concert by Abdel Karim al-Shaar and his ensemble. "Beirut in Absentia," a new play directed by Ashkar's colleague and Dawar al-SHAM founder Roger Assaf, will premiere on Oct. 16 . The evening of Oct. 19 will start musically with a concert featuring Sami Hawat and his band Al-Rahhala (the voyagers), who will present a concert of oud and sax-dominated tunes. Following the music, Jack Maroun's new play "Ikht Rijal" plays on the double meaning of the work's title.Based on texts from Shakespeare's plays, the new creation takes up the recurrent theme of merciless power that is evident in this region's patriarchy.The two weeks of festivities will close on Oct. 26 with "Mish Min Zaman," a new play with Nidal Ashkar and Khaled Abdullah.
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