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The inspiration came from Taoutel's daughter, who came home from school one day and told her mother that half the children in her class have dual nationalities.In the play, Omar's minority status as a uniquely Lebanese citizen is the catalyst for his mother's decision to emigrate.Taoutel originally wrote the play in French for Montreal's Arab World Festival, where it was performed last November. The production's local run will be in Arabic, although in typical Lebanese fashion Taoutel says there will be smatterings of French throughout and even a couple of interjections in English. Taoutel and Der Ghougassian began working on the play last June, but continue to adapt the script. The play is likely to resonate differently with local audiences than it did with viewers in Montreal – a city with a Lebanese population of over 400,000, Der Ghougassian says.Betty Taoutel's "Passport No.10452" opens Feb. 6 at the Monnot Theater and runs until March 4 .
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