Mohammad Al Attar
The Syrian playwright Mohammad Al Attar was born in Damascus. At university in Damascus, he completed a degree in English literature, followed by degree in Theatrical Studies from the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts, Damascus. He then completed a master’s degree in theater at London’s Goldsmiths University. Today, he is considered an important chronicler of war-torn Syria. His plays like: Withdrawal, Online, Look at the street...this is what hope looks like, Could You Please Look into the Camera? and While I was waiting were staged at various international festivals and venues in New York, Paris, London, Berlin, Tokyo, Brussels, Beirut and elsewhere. For most of his plays he joined forces with the Syrian director Omar Abusaada. Their performances take place on the boundary between fiction and documentation. They condense the travails of war and show what it means to endure them. They have now completed their theatrical trilogy dedicated to the lives of Syrian displaced women. Following the adaptation Trojan Women (2013) in Jordan and Antigone of Shatila (2014) in Lebanon. Iphigenia was staged at Volksbuhne , Berlin in September 2017. Beside his writings for stage, Al Attar has written for numerous magazines and newspapers, with a special focus on the Syrian Uprising.