Rabih Mroué (Lebanon)
Rabih Mroué (born 1967 in Beirut) is an actor, director, and playwright. In 1990 he began creating his own plays, performances, and videos. Continuously searching for new and contemporary relations among all the different elements and languages of the theatre art forms, Mroué questions the definitions of theatre and the relationship between space and form of the performance and, consequently, questions how the performer relates with the audience. His works deal with issues that have been swept under the table in the current political climate of Lebanon. He draws much-needed attention to the broader political and economic contexts by means of a semi-documentary theatre.
From theatre practice to politics, and from the problem of representations to his private life, his search for truth begins via documents, photos, and found objects, fabricating other documents, other truths: it is as if the work becomes a dissection table for the dubious processes of Lebanon's war society. With the accumulation of materials, a surrealistic saga unfolds, teasing out the proposition that between the truth and a lie, there is but a hair.