Wajdi Mouawad

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Wajdi Mouawad, OC (born 1968) is a Lebanese-Canadian writer, actor and director born in Lebanon in 1968. After living in France for a short time, he moved to Quebec in 1983.

Biography[edit]

He obtained his diploma from the National Theatre School of Canada in 1991.

In 1998, his creation Willy Protagoras enfermé dans les toilettes (Willy Protagoras locked up in the toilets) was voted best Montreal-based production by l'Association québécoise des critiques de théâtre.

From 2000 to 2004, he led the Théâtre de Quat'sous in Montreal. He has adapted different works for the theatre, from Don Quixote to Trainspotting.

He was awarded the Governor General's Award in Literature for drama in 2000. In 2002, the French Government bestowed upon him the title of Knight of the Ordre National des Arts et des Lettres for the collection of his works. In 2009, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada "for his contributions as a writer, actor, stage director and playwright known internationally for the quality and scope of his theatrical creations".[1]

He made his first attempt onto the big screen in 2004 by directing and producing the film Littoral, based on the play of the same name.

On September 1, 2007, he became the artistic director of the National Arts Centre's French Theatre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

His play Incendies (Scorched) has been produced all over the world, including the United States, Austria, Germany, Mexico and Australia, and the 2007 production at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto won several awards. The famed Vienna "Burgtheater", the biggest theatre in Europe, assigned Stefan Bachmann with the stage production. It subsequently received much praise from critics, winning the "Nestroy Award" in 2007.

Incendies, the film version of the play (directed by Denis Villeneuve) is Canada's official selection for the 2011 Academy Awards. Incendies opened in Canada on January 21, 2011.

In 2011 Wajdi cast French rock star Bertrand Cantat in his production of a trilogy of Greek plays by Sophocles.[2] He justified the inclusion of Cantat by saying: "Electra, Antigone and The Women of Trachis are plays about justice and revenge ... Cantat’s presence at the edge of the action would make those themes more powerful."

Author[edit]

Theatre[edit]

Published
  • 1996: Alphonse (Leméac)
  • 1999: Les mains d'Edwige au moment de la naissance (Leméac)
  • 1999, 2009: Littoral (coedition Leméac/Actes Sud-Papiers)
  • 2000: Pacamambo (Actes Sud-Papiers Junior)
  • 2002: Rêves (coedition Leméac/Actes Sud-Papiers)
  • 2003, 2009: Incendies (coedition Leméac/Actes Sud-Papiers)
  • 2004: Willy Protagoras enfermé dans les toilettes (Leméac)
  • 2006: Forêts (coedition Leméac/Actes Sud-Papiers)
  • 2007: Assoiffés (coédition Leméac/Actes Sud-Papiers)
  • 2008: Le soleil ni la mort ne peuvent se regarder en face (coedition Leméac/Actes Sud)
  • 2008: Seuls - Chemin, texte et peintures (Actes Sud - Léméac)
  • 2009: Ciels (Actes Sud)
  • 2011: Journée de noces chez les Cromagnons (coedition Leméac/Actes Sud-Papiers)
Not published
  • 1992: Partie de cache-cache entre 2 tchécoslovaques au début du siècle

Radio works[edit]

  • Loin des chaises
  • Wilfrid
  • William M.
  • Le chevalier
  • Dans la cathédrale
  • Les trains hurlent quand on tue
  • Les étrangers du bord du monde

Novels[edit]

  • 2002: Visage retrouvé (coedition Leméac/Actes Sud)
  • 2007: Un obus dans le cœur (Actes Sud Junior - Léméac)

Films[edit]

Theatre[edit]

Directing[edit]

(authors in parenthesis, unless authored by Wajdi Moawad)

  • 1992: Al Malja et L’Exil (Naji Mouawad)
  • 1992: Macbeth (Shakespeare)
  • 1994: Le tour du monde of Joe Maquillon (Gislain Bouchard)
  • 1995: Tu ne violeras pas (Edna Mazia)
  • 1995: Don Quichotte (Cervantès)
  • 1997: Littoral
  • 1998: Willy Protagoras enfermé dans les toilettes
  • 1998: Trainspotting (Irvine Welsh)
  • 1998: Œdipe roi, in English Oedipus the King (Sophocles)
  • 1999: Disco Pigs (Enda Walsh)
  • 1999: Les Troyennes, in English The Trojan Women (Euripides)
  • 1999: Littoral - Festival d'Avignon
  • 2000: Rêves
  • 2000: Ce n'est pas la manière dont on se l'imagine que Claude et Jacqueline se sont rencontrés (Mouawad co-authoring with Estelle Clareton)
  • 2000: Lulu le chant souterrain (Frank Wedekind)
  • 2000: Reading Hebron (Jason Sherman)
  • 2001: Le mouton et la baleine (Ahmed Ghazali)
  • 2001: Six personnages en quête d'auteur in English Six Characters in Search of an Author (Luigi Pirandello)
  • 2001: Manuscrit retrouvé à Saragosse (opera, Alexis Nouss)
  • 2002: Les Trois Sœurs in English Three Sisters (Anton Anton Chekhov)
  • 2003: Incendies
  • 2005: Ma mère chien (Louise Bombardier)
  • 2006: Forêts
  • 2007: Incendies in Russian, at Théâtre Et Cetera Moscou)
  • 2008: Seuls at Festival d'Avignon
  • 2009: Littoral, Incendies, Forêts (trilogy) at Festival d'Avignon
  • 2009: Ciels at Festival d'Avignon
  • 2010: Ciels at Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe Ateliers Berthier
  • 2010: Littoral / Incendies / Forêts (trilogy) at Théâtre national de Chaillot
  • 2010: Seuls at Festival d'Avignon
  • 2011: Seuls at Le Quartz
  • 2011: Temps at Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui
  • 2011: Le Cycle des Femmes: trois histoires de Sophocle at Festival d'Avignon (music by Bertrand Cantat and Pascal Humbert)

Adaptations[edit]

Interpretations[edit]

Others[edit]

  • 2004: Je suis le méchant!, interviews with André Brassard (Leméac)
  • 2004: Littoral, cinematic projection of the theater work of the same name TVA Films
  • 2005: Architecture d'un marcheur, interviews given to Jean-François Côté (Leméac)
  • 2009: Le Sang des Promesses: Puzzle, racines, et rhizomes, travel notes, directing, regarding the process of writing and directing of the de la tetralogy (Léméac/Actes Sud)
  • 2011: Traduire Sophocle (Actes Sud)

Awards and distinctions[edit]

  • 1998: Prize of best production in Montréal, awarded by "Association québécoise des critiques de théâtre" for Willy Protagoras enfermé dans les toilettes
  • 2000: Literary prize of the Governor General of Canada in the Theater category for Littoral
  • 2002: Chevalier (knight) of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres awarded by France
  • 2004: Prix Jacqueline-Déry-Mochon
  • 2004: Prize "SACD de la francophonie" for totality of his works
  • 2005: Molière of best francophone author (he refused to receive the Molières 2005 prize)
  • 2009: Officer Order of Canada
  • 2013: Phoenix Award for his novel Anima (as part of the Beirut Spring Festival organized by the Samir Kassir Foundation)

Sources[edit]

  • Charlotte Farcet, Les Tigres de Wajdi Mouawad (Joca Seria, 2009)

References[edit]

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