Wajdi Mouawad is a playwright, actor and director. Born in 1968 in Lebanon, he left the country in 1978 during the civil war. After having fled to France, his family moved to Quebec, where he would make his theater debut. In Montreal, he mounted numerous productions, founded several companies and gained international renown. Invited to France for the first time in 1999 by the Festival d’Avignon, he returned in 2009 to present the Littoral trilogy, including his most famous plays, Incendies and Forêts. In 2009, he was awarded the Grand Prix du Théâtre by the Académie Française for his body of work, marked by the themes of exile, death and redemption. Since 2016, he has directed the Théâtre national de la Colline in Paris.
Overcome by the staggering violence of the explosion that ravaged Beirut in August, Paris-based playwright and director Wajdi Mouawad suggests that a world public forum must condemn Lebanon's ruling class.