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Leila Buck as Janine, Benjamin Lloyd as Alphonse Lebel, Ariel Shafir as Simon in Scorched

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Aadya Bedi as Nawal (aged 14-19), Ariel Shafir as Wahab in Scorched

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Aadya Bedi as Nawal (aged 14-19), Ariel Shafir as Wahab in Scorched

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Jolly Abraham as Sawda, Aadya Bedi as Nawal (aged 14-19) in Scorched

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Leila Buck as Janine, Ariel Shafir as Simon in Scorched

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Aadya Bedi as Nawal (aged 14-19), Jolly Abraham as Sawda in Scorched

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Jacqueline Antaramian as Nawal (aged 40-45), Jolly Abraham as Sawda) in Scorched

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Jolly Abraham as Sawda, Jacqueline Antaramian as Nawal (aged 40-45)in Scorched

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Ariel Shafir as Simon, Benjamin Lloyd as Alphonse Lebel in Scorched

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Benjamin Lloyd as Alphonse Lebel, Ariel Shafir as Simon in Scorched

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Benjamin Lloyd as Alphonse Lebel, Omar Koury as Chamsaddine, Jacqueline Antaramian as Nawal (aged 40-45), Ariel Shafir as Simon in Scorched

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Leila Buck as Janine, Ariel Shafir as Simon in Scorched

Scorched
by Wajdi Mouawad
translated by Linda Gaboriau
directed by Blanka Zizka
February 25, 2009March 29, 2009

An international tour de force, Scorched has captivated and stunned audiences around the world with its epic mystery.  After the death of their mother, twins Janine and Simon receive a surprising request in her will to deliver letters to a father they thought was dead and a brother they never knew existed.  These tasks lead them on a suspenseful journey to the heart of their mother’s war-torn Middle Eastern homeland.  Unraveling the mystery, they learn about her concealed history as a political activist and prisoner of war and uncover shocking secrets about their own origins.  From highly acclaimed Lebanese-born playwright Wajdi Mouawad, Scorched arrives in the U.S. having been translated into a dozen languages in over 100 productions worldwide and is currently being adapted into a feature film release.

Press / News

“The Wilma’s production of Wajdi Mouawad’s brilliant play Scorched is astonishing! A work of raw power, Scorched is delicately lyrical and unforgettable!”
— Philadelphia Weekly
“The Wilma Theater’s production of Scorched under Blanka Zizka’s superb direction is a searing play...strong performances, a fine, supple cast...excellent set design!”
— The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Suspenseful and engrossing! Ms. Zizka’s handsomely austere production…echoes the lyricism and power of Greek tragedy.”
— The New York Times
 • Elhame/Sawda
 • Nawal age 14-19
 • Janine
 • Antoine/Doctor/Abdessamad/Guide/School Janitor/Malak/Photographer/Chamseddine
 • Alphonse Lebel/Militiaman #2
 • Simon/Wahab
 • Composer
 • Fight Director
 • Production Manager

Cast

Jacqueline Antaramian • Jihane/Nawal age 40-45
Janis Dardaris • Nazira/Nawal age 60-65
J. Paul Nicholas • Ralph/Militiaman #1/Nihad

Production Team

Blanka Zizka • Director
Ola Maslik • Set Designer
Oana Botez • Costume Designer
Thom Weaver • Lighting Designer
Jorge Cousineau • Sound Designer
 • Dramaturg
Patreshettarlini Adams • Stage Manager