FROM LEFT: Wajdi Shaya, Nasser Al Mumin and Adel Al Ansari addressing a press conference yesterday.
DOHA: Shams W Qamar (Sun and Moon), a new musical by famous composer and playwright Wajdi Shaya which opens tomorrow at Katara Opera House, also features Qatari actors.
The Arabic musical has several Arab artistes, including Assi El Hallani who plays Qamar and Nadine Al Rassi as Shams, in addition to Faek Houmaissi, Jelibar Jalakh, Tony Aad and Ali El Zein, among others. Qatari artistes Nasser Al Mumin and Abdelhamid Al Sharshany are also in the cast.
“The event is a new addition to Katara’s activities which strive to bring Arab stars and Qatari artistes together to build a foundation for cooperation and exchange of experience.
“That’s why we are keen to present successful local and international Arab theatrical masterpieces,” Adel Al Ansari, Events and Festivals Chairman at Katara, told a press conference last night at Katara.
Speaking in behalf of Katara General Manager, Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, he said hosting plays of such calibre “encourages cultural activities and artworks and enriches the theatrical scene in Qatar because theatre is one of the essential means to educate people and raise awareness anywhere in the world.”
Al Ansari said Katara always seeks to host the most popular and successful plays and appreciates the participation of Qatari artistes and staging Shams W Qamar is a fitting way for Katara to start 2014.
Al Mumin expressed happiness for playing a role and working alongside famous Arab artistes.
“This is a good opportunity for Qatari artists to gain experience from renowned Arab stars, regardless how small the role they play,” he said.
The play, which runs for 90 minutes, tells the love story of Shams and Qamar and reflects the concept of love and devotion. It illustrates human struggles afflicted by politics, where the segregation of the oppressed and the free, terror and courage, pride and dignity are enhanced.
Amid all the chaos stems a love story between the two main characters.
“Shams, the lead character in the play, faces a difficult situation being torn between her love for her country and her people and for Qamar. The presence of famous Arab actors will contribute a lot to the play,” said Shaya.
Shams W Qamar will be staged at the Katara Opera House starting at 8pm from tomorrow until Sunday.