Ofira Henig

Adaptation, Editing and Director

Kinan Azmeh


Khalifa Natour

Dramaturgy and Translation

Ashraf Hanna

Visual Concept

Annie Atedgy-Yellin

Costume Design

Ramy Al-Asheq


Miriam Damm

Lighting Design

Saleh Bakri

The Writer

Khalifa Natour

Um Hassan

Carlos Gharzuzi

The Son

Maya Omaia Keesh

The Daughter

Anan Abu Jabir

The Soldier

Basheer Asli

The Child Soldier

Cyrine Ali Sharen



The Queen Commanded Him to Forget

on fragments from "My Name Is Adam" by Elias Khoury and inspired by Brecht's "Mother Courage"

Approximate running time: 1h 30m without intermission

Please note: Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled due to travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.

Director Ofira Henig—most recently seen in Berlin with her productions The Bees’ Road and KIND OF at the Schaubühne’s Internationale Neue Dramatik Festival—and actor-dramaturg Khalifa Natour have developed a new piece for the Pierre Boulez Saal that blurs the boundaries between theater, music, and poetry as well as between different cultures. The Queen Commanded Him to Forget is based on a novel by Lebanese writer Elias Khoury and also draws inspiration from Brecht’s Mother Courage, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, and the tale of Hansel and Gretel. At the center of the story is the character of Um Hassan, who will do anything to protect her children in times of war. The piece explores the role of literature as a preserver of memory and as part of a process that eternalizes forgetting.

In Arabic with German and English surtitles

Supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation

Interview with Saleh Bakri & Carlos Gharzuzi

Ofira Henig on her new project